Match ends, Ross County 2, Falkirk 0.
Ross County returned to the top of the Scottish Championship table as new Falkirk manager Ray McKinnon watched the Bairns slump to a fourth defeat.
McKinnon left Morton on Friday to replace Paul Hartley and the bottom side almost went in front when Dimitris Froxylias forced a save from Scott Fox.
Jamie Lindsay netted from close range midway through the second half to put County in front.
And fellow substitute Declan McManus struck from six yards to seal victory.
The hosts had earlier threatened with Ross Draper's header and Michael Gardyne, Iain Vigurs and Sean Mullin also going close and Brian Graham had a late goal ruled out for offside.
McKinnon had said before the match he would be "a bystander", with Gordon Young setting up the first team after being in interim charge this week. McKinnon's first real test as Falkirk boss will be next week's Challenge Cup meeting at home to Connah's Quay Nomads.
Ross County co-manger Stuart Kettlewell: "For us it was come home after a month and put on a good performance. It was a difficult scenario.
"It was hard for Falkirk with the upheaval during the week and even in the last 24 hours the different information that's come out. It's a hard one for us to prepare for knowing how they are going to play and set up personnel-wise and sometimes there's a bounce from a team that loses their manager and I thought Falkirk were really well organised.
"All credit to our players I thought we probed throughout the 90 minutes. We were on top for a large majority, created a lot of chances and it was everything we asked for and we have the added bonus of a clean sheet, which can be massive over the course of the season and that builds real confidence for the centre-backs and the goalkeeper as well."
Falkirk interim manager Gordon Young: "The effort and approach was there. They showed a bit of heart.
"They are a decent group of players. They need a wee rub of the green but I can't fault their effort. Their attitude in training is first class. I hope they will get some success."
- 5MorrisBooked at 39mins
- 6DraperSubstituted forLindsayat 67'minutes
- 11VigursBooked at 90mins
- 9MckaySubstituted forMcManusat 62'minutes
- 19GrahamSubstituted forStewartat 90+1'minutes
- 2KiddBooked at 73mins
- 4MuirheadBooked at 40mins
- 15HarrisonBooked at 89mins
- 18BroughSubstituted forRobsonat 65'minutes
- 11FroxyliasSubstituted forIrvingat 62'minutes
- 24HaberSubstituted forMackinat 76'minutes
- Nick Walsh
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Ross County 2, Falkirk 0.
Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Scott Fox.
Attempt saved. Tom Dallison (Falkirk) header from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Iain Vigurs (Ross County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Iain Vigurs (Ross County).
Lewis Kidd (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Ross County. Ross Stewart replaces Brian Graham.
Goal! Ross County 2, Falkirk 0. Declan McManus (Ross County) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Brian Graham.
Scott Harrison (Falkirk) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Don Cowie (Ross County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Scott Harrison (Falkirk).
Foul by Brian Graham (Ross County).
Scott Harrison (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Jamie Lindsay (Ross County).
Andrew Irving (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt saved. Josh Mullin (Ross County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt missed. Scott Harrison (Falkirk) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.
Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Michael Gardyne.
Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Jamie Lindsay.