Match ball spot on for Bell

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WHAT­EVER Cammy Bell had ex­pected be­fore Dundee United’s 3-1 win at Dun­fermline, it was never get­ting a “hat-trick”.

Yet the Dundee United goal­keeper was pre­sented with the match ball af­ter­wards – signed by his team-mates – as a dou­ble from Tony An­dreu and an opener from Si­mon Mur­ray had given them an im­por­tant three points.

Bell had, uniquely, saved three firsthalf penal­ties from three dif­fer­ent play­ers (Gavin Reilly, Nicky Clark and Paul McMul­lan) for ar­guably the most mem­o­rable day of his ca­reer.

“I won the League Cup with Kil­marnock, but this is an­other spe­cial mo­ment and I can’t stop smil­ing,” the goal­keeper said.

“The three penal­ties seemed to hap­pen very quickly, so that made it dif­fi­cult. You al­ways try to have a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude when you’re fac­ing a penalty. The first one was a good save, although I knew Gavin [Reilly] favoured that side, and I just went with the run-up on the other two.

“I was strug­gling for the third one be­cause my an­kle was still hurt­ing from a pre­vi­ous save.

“The lads in­sisted that I kept the match ball and they all signed it, but the main thing is get­ting the re­sult for the team.

“Saving three penal­ties would have meant noth­ing if we hadn’t won the game. This is a dif­fi­cult place to come and get all three points.” THE dis­ap­point­ment has lin­gered like an almighty hang­over, ac­cord­ing to Tom Taiwo, but fi­nally Falkirk have sobered up and got back to work.

The for­mer Chelsea and Hi­ber­nian mid­fielder be­lieves an in­dif­fer­ent open­ing to the new cam­paign had plenty to do with the way the last one ended. A sec­ond-place fin­ish in the Cham­pi­onship and a play-off semi-fi­nal vic­tory over Hi­ber­nian en­sured it was an im­pres­sive sea­son for Peter Houston’s side, but the fi­nal de­feat to Kil­marnock was painful.

With new play­ers bed­ding in, Taiwo be­lieves the Bairns tem­po­rar­ily for­got the for­mula for their suc­cess but, af­ter

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