Showunmi hopes for Bairns revival

Enoch Showunmi is confident Falkirk can haul themselves off the foot of the Scottish Premier League table.The Bairns' 3-0 defeat to Rangers at Ibrox, coupled with Kilmarnock's draw at home to Dundee United, leaves them two points adrift in 12th place.

But Showunmi believes matches against the Old Firm in Glasgow are not where the club's fate will lie.

"We tried to get a result, but we need to pick up points from the teams around about us in the league," he said.

And he told BBC Scotland after the defeat at Rangers: "Although it's a disappointing result, the lads played well, but we're lacking that bit of self-belief at the moment and cutting edge in the final third.

"They're a great team, but this is not where our bread and butter is, coming here.

There are a lot of big clubs in League One at the moment, so I think the standard is pretty much the same (as the SPL)

Falkirk striker Enoch Showunmi

"I'm sure, once we get a couple of results, like a win or at least go undefeated then that will give us the boost we need."

The English-born Nigerian arrived from Leeds United this month as Bairns' manager Eddie May looks to improve upon a record of just two wins all season.

And the 27-year-old insists the whole squad is supportive of the manager, with veteran Jackie McNamara's decision to postpone a move into coaching with Partick Thistle in order to help out an example of this.

"Everyone's right behind the manager," the Nigerian international added. "He comes in and tries to boost the confidence of the lads.

"It is difficult at the moment, obviously, with only two wins all season, but hopefully we can get a few results and that can spur us on.

"We need to believe that, when we go forward, we can score a goal - a bit like Rangers against us.

"We played well and kept the ball at times and there wasn't much between the teams in the first half. We just need a win or two under our belt."

Showunmi, who awaits his first goal for the club, also had a spell at Bristol City that featured a loan at Sheffield Wednesday before his move to Elland Road, which lasted 18 months.


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And he believes the standard of the SPL is similar to the division he left down south.

"It's similar to League One," he said. "You have a lot of strong defenders and teams who want to play good football.

"There are a lot of big clubs in League One at the moment, so I think the standard is pretty much the same.

"If anyone up here wants to try it down there then they would be able to acquit themselves easily.

"I'm enjoying it in the SPL so far. It's a long time since I've played three games in a week and it means my match sharpness and fitness are improving and hopefully the performances will match."

Source: BBC Sport