ANDY MORRISON knows Connah’s Quay Nomads are stepping into a “dangerous situation” as they tackle a rejuvenated Falkirk tomorrow.

The Scottish Championship have endured a tough start to the campaign courtesy of four successive defeats, but they have acted fast with Ray McKinnon appointed as the club’s new manager last week.

And Morrison knows that Falkirk will be a different proposition to the one they would perhaps have been 10 days ago with a ‘new manager bounce’ common place.

Morrison, who went to watch Falkirk as they lost 2-0 at Ross County last weekend, said: “They are obviously a decent team. The manager has gone for a reason and that’s because they’ve been out of form.

“They’ve got the impetus now of a new man coming in, which will give them a bit of energy.

“It’s a dangerous situation because it’s a new manager and every player is raising their game by 15 or 20 per cent.

“I thought Ross County were a very good team, but Falkirk stayed with them and could have got something out of the game.”

Not only could the timing of the game have been better for Nomads, but Morrison is also ruing his side’s luck in the second round draw.

He continued: “In any cup competition you are looking at the draw and hoping for a favourable one.

“Would I have wanted a second division team at home? Of course I would have. That’s the ideal scenario.

“But we got Falkirk who are a Championship team and we’ve got to go up there and give a good account of ourselves by staying in the game for as long as we can and by making sure we cause them lots of problems.

“It’s a big ask of us, but it’s a reward for what we did last season.

“It’s the reward for the lads for a lot of hard work.”

Morrison confirmed Nomads will make “significant changes” for tomorrow’s tie, but is determined to represent the Welsh top-flight.

“We’ve watched videos and we’ve given it the same respect that we did in Europe,” he said.

“I’ve been to watch them and we are ready to go, so hopefully things fall for us on the day and we give a good account of ourselves.

“It’s great for the profile of the club and that’s why it’s important that we do things right, we go and watch them and remember that we are representing the Welsh Premier League.

“We want people talking about the standard of our league.”

Midfielders Jay Owen, Callum Morris and Danny Harrison, wide man Nathan Woolfe and defender Jonny Spittle could all start for Nomads.

The New Saints are also representing the Welsh Premier League with boss Scott Ruscoe targeting a place in the final.

Ahead of tomorrow evening’s home clash with Queen’s Park, Ruscoe said: “We target this at the start of the season. We want to get past the semi-final stage, where we’ve been in the last two years, we’d like to get to the final.

“But we’ve got to make sure we get through the early rounds and don’t take them for granted.

“We are playing a side that is in the Second Division, but on their day they can come to Park Hall and beat us, so we’ve got to be right and we won’t be taking them lightly.”

National League duo Boreham Wood and Sutton United have been invited into the competition this season and they host Dunfermline and visit Airdrie respectively.

“I’m going to embrace it. As a club it’s history making,” said Boreham Wood boss Luke Garrard.

Other round ties: Arbroath v Annan; Dumbarton v Montrose; Dundee Utd v Alloa; East Fife v Partick; East Kilbride v Edinburgh City; Peterhead v Bohemians; Ross County v Raith; St Mirren U21s v Hamilton U21s; Coleraine v Formartine; Sligo v Livingston U21s; Queen of the South v Crusaders.