“The first goal is schoolboy stuff” says Livi Boss Hopkin

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.”

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