Bollan left buoyed up by Lions’ bite

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LIVINGSTON manager Gary Bollan paid tribute to his player’s patience after a second-half performance that ripped apart visitors Alloa and re-opened a lead of 11 points at the top of the Second Division.

Livi suffered a defeat at Brechin last midweek but were composed on Saturday and clinical after the break to run out 4-0 winners.

Bollan said: “It was important to bounce back after losing to Brechin in midweek. We did that and we showed patience before making the breakthrough.”

Livi broke the deadlock when Alloa defender Michael Dunlop handled in the box and striker Iain Russell, a former Alloa player, confidently dispatched the spot kick after 55 minutes.

Raffaele De Vita has been used sparingly recently, after the arrival of Kenny Deuchar, but the Italian made it two within a minute after some more good work by Russell. The same combination made it three to leave it for Bobby Barr – who has gone on a bit of a scoring run of late, to score the fourth in injury time.

The Lions are at home Forfar Athletic tomorrow night, kick-off 7.45pm.