Binos boss Dave Mackay was delighted with the performance in Tuesday’s Betfred Cup tie against Inverness Caley Thistle at Forthbank.
The match ended 0-0 but the visitors won 2-0 in a remarkable penalty decider that saw six of the eight kicks missed, five not even hitting the target, to set a Scottish record for the lowest shoot-out score.
Mackay said: “I thought we were excellent – we had a good shape about us and our work rate was tremendous. We had chances on the break and we chose the wrong option but the most pleasing thing was how we played without the ball.
“The Falkirk game wasn’t good enough and I was delighted with the response. The penalties didn’t really matter, it was more about the performance, but I’ll know which four players aren’t hitting them when the league comes round!”
ICT manager John Robertson said: “Stirling started well but we dominated from about 20 minutes to 80 minutes but weren’t clinical, then in the last 10 minutes our frustration got the better of us. We were charging up the park and leaving space for them to break.”