Livingston manager Gary Holt has called on his players to “take the bull by the horns” as they look to bounce back from last weekend’s defeat at Kilmarnock.
Gary Holt reckons Livingston opened themselves up to some criticism after they dropped out of the Ladbrokes Premiership’s top six following a 2-1 defeat to Kilmarnock.The West Lothian side’s fourth defeat in five league matches was sealed by goals either side of half-time from Gary Dicker and Rory McKenzie.Livi substitute Lee Miller pulled one back late on but it proved to be another disappointing afternoon for Holt’s side, who were playing for the first time since they took the scalp of Celtic.“At any level of football you can’t give teams a start and then think you’re going to get a result,” Holt said. “We spoke after the Celtic game, saying that people are going to question you, and they’ve certainly opened themselves up to getting a bit of flak now.“There’s things you can label and have a look at. Were they too cocky? Did they think they could just turn up and play? I certainly didn’t and neither did my staff. We prepared them right and showed them how to do it.“I wouldn’t question their attitude. I just think we were a half-yard off it from the start and you can’t be like that. We can’t play at six and sevens out of 10. We need to be at eights and nines every week to get something out of the game.“I feel for my keeper because he’s not had a save to make in the game and he’s lost two goals.”Kilmarnock’s win – their fourth in six league matches – sees them back in the top six at Livingston’s expense.
Kilmarnock manager Angelo Alessio was left with a smile on his face following what he felt was a deserved 2-1 victory over Livingston in the Ladbrokes Premiership.
Kilmarnock moved into the top six of the Ladbrokes Premiership with a deserved 2-1 victory over Livingston.Goals either side of half-time from captain Gary Dicker and Rory McKenzie did the damage as Angelo Alessio’s side withstood a late Lee Miller consolation to record their fourth league win in six matches.The Ayrshire side move up to fifth with the victory, while Livingston drop down a place to seventh.There was not much between the teams in a largely dull first-half. Gary Holt’s visitors were full of confidence after a recent 2-0 success over Celtic but they could only fashion one half chance as winger Steven Lawless fired into the side netting.Kilmarnock were equally wasteful in possession until Dicker led the way with a cool side-footed finish six minutes before the interval.
Simeon Jackson could make his Kilmarnock debut against Livingston after signing a short-term deal.
Livingston striker Lyndon Dykes believes it would be a “massive achievement” if he earned international honours with either Scotland or Australia.
Manager Gary Holt believes Livingston can take inspiration from Saturday’s opponents Kilmarnock as they look to cement their place in the Ladbrokes Premiership for the long term.
Skipper Scott Brown is confident there will be a positive reaction after Celtic lost their lead to Rangers at the top of the Ladbrokes Premiership on Sunday.
Rangers went top of the Ladbrokes Premiership for the first time this season after a 5-0 victory over Hamilton.
Neil Lennon’s fears were justified as Celtic lost to Livingston for the first time in a 2-0 defeat at the Tony Macaroni Arena.
Ryan Christie was sent off as Celtic lost their first Ladbrokes Premiership game of the season at Livingston.
Ryan Christie wants Celtic to retain their status as Ladbrokes Premiership leaders when they travel to Livingston on Sunday.
Gary Holt admits results have been “dire” for Livingston and he insists they must start turning performances into points.
Livingston striker Lyndon Dykes is rated only 20-80 to make the visit of Ladbrokes Premiership leaders Celtic due to an ankle injury.
Gary Holt has urged Livingston to focus on their own game-plan as they bid to cause a massive upset against Celtic on Sunday.
Neil Lennon warned of a “dangerous” trip to Livingston as he looks for Celtic to go into the international break still top of the Ladbrokes Premiership.
Hamilton boss Brian Rice admitted his side’s first win in six games would serve as a morale booster but insisted he had not been overly concerned about their recent form.
Brian Rice praised Ross Cunningham’s composure as Hamilton earned their first win in six attempts against Livingston.
Ross Cunningham converted a late penalty to hand Hamilton a 2-1 Ladbrokes Premiership victory over Livingston.
Hamilton striker George Oakley is suspended for the Ladbrokes Premiership encounter with Livingston.