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Houston sticks with his winning formula

By Ronnie Esplin

Falkirk manager Peter Houston will use the Tannadice template for success ahead of today's William Hill Scottish Cup final against Inverness at Hampden Park.

The Bairns boss won the competition with Dundee United in 2010 when they beat Ross County 3-0 and is keeping preparations for that game as close as possible with his Championship side.

As he did five years ago, Houston named his team in advance - although he is keeping it under wraps - and has booked the same team hotels. Speaking at Hampden, the former Falkirk player said: "I have tried to keep an awful lot similar to 2010.

"Managers tend to stick to what worked in the past.

"I named the team on the Thursday with Dundee United and did it again today.

"It meant today that we could actually work on shape with and without the ball.

"It also means that when we go through our set-plays for and against tomorrow morning, we have the team in place, rather than trying to tell them on cup final day on a board.

"You also stick by the silly things. Even the hotel we are going to. I made sure Falkirk went to the same hotel for the semi-final as United did.

"And now we have got through to the final we are going to another hotel that we went to with United in 2010."

Scottish Cup final: Hampden Park, 3pm (Sky Sports 3)

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