Livingston manager David Hopkin was left frustrated after Saturday’s defeat to Dunfermline, with the third place side in the Championship offering the Pars a cheap goal early on to set up a win for the Fifers, who leapfrogged their opponents in the league standings to add insult to injury.
Speaking to the media post-match, the Lions gaffer said:
“The first goal is criminal – what was it? 2 minutes? 3 minutes into the match? Then you find yourself 1-0 down; their other two goals were fantastic finishes: usually you get one a game, not two! In the second half, I thought we were the better team. We created more chances and if we had scored earlier, I feel we would have gotten a point.
You can’t legislate for mistakes – the first goal is schoolboy stuff. I think Jacko [Jackson Longridge] has taken a touch and thought it was going to run through to Neily [Neil Alexander]; it got caught up somewhere and when you kick it, it can hit anyone and go anywhere and unfortunately it went in. If we had got to half-time at 2-0, we still had a chance. I asked for a wee bit of character – I asked them to go out and play, create chances and we did that.”
Despite grabbing a goal, it wasn’t enough to salvage anything out of the match.
“I think we scored too late,” concludes Hopkin. “We had another couple of chances whereas I think Neily [Neil Alexander] only had one save to make during the match, a header from Nicky Clark. It was our own downfall but I was delighted with the second half performance and even towards the end when young [James] Penrice was offside and he got ‘scissored’ – that is dangerous, that is why you probably saw me going on a wee bit as I don’t like that. It is a two-footed scissor kick at a young player. Although he is offside, to me, if you do that off the ball anywhere else on the pitch it is a booking and a foul so why would it not be a penalty? I am not clutching at straws because Dunfermline are a decent team: I just felt in the second half, we should have gotten something out of the game.”