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Last updated : 31 March 2008 By Ed_ScottishFitba

Falkirk failed to impress their manager John Hughes on Saturday as they struggled to impose themselves on 10th-placed Kilmarnock. If they are wanting to secure a top-six finish Hughes believes his players will need to follow the lead and match the "bravado" of captain Darren Barr when they travel to Aberdeen. The draw on Saturday allowed rivals Hearts and Aberdeen to close to sit just a point behind the Bairns. Despite failing to score in their last two games, Falkirk are still in sixth place ahead of the final round of games before the split. Worryingly for Hughes, his players rarely looked like finding the net against Killie. Hughes knows that, if Hearts beat Kilmarnock two days beforehand, his side will need to win against Aberdeen in their televised match at Pittodrie on Monday week - April 7. Hughes believes the likes of Barr will have vital roles to play as they look to finish as high as they can in the SPL.
Hughes said: "
He's (Barr) just grown in stature and he epitomises everything we are about at the club. He leads from the front. I felt the fight is never in doubt with Darren Barr. He wears his heart on his sleeve. I've seen him a little bit better on the ball but he was driving the team forward and that's the kind of character we need if we're going to get in the top six - if it's not this year then in the coming years. You need characters in your dressing room when you're going to places like Pittodrie next week - not just in terms of football ability, but a bit of steel in there, a bit of bravado, and someone to say, 'No matter what, I'm up for this'."

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