Livingston boss John Mc-Glynn today insisted the on-field bust-up between team-mates Darren Jamieson and Jason Talbot during the weekend defeat to Annan simply emphasised his players’ will to win.
The Lions were dumped out of the Scottish Cup 3-2 on Saturday at the expense of their lower league opponents despite grasping the initiative through Keaghan Jacobs’ early opener.
However, a double from Annan striker Peter Weatherson and a third from winger Stuart McColm ensured a rather uncomfortable journey back up to West Lothian for McGlynn and his players.
But it was Annan’s second goal of the afternoon that sparked a reaction from defender Talbot, who proceeded to push Jamieson in the Livi goal after the goalkeeper was badly at fault for allowing Weatherson’s header to squeeze in at the near post.
A coming together between the pair then ensued before referee Euan Anderson intervened and restored order in the visitors’ six-yard box.
And while McGlynn was far from happy by 29-year-old Talbot’s actions in the wake of conceding the second goal, he was keen to stress that tempers can sometimes take control when there is so much at stake.
“It was a very basic mistake – there’s no getting away from that,” McGlynn said. “But it’s the Scottish Cup so it’s a big game. Jason has reacted in the manner that he wants to win the football match and doesn’t want to see that kind of mistake being made. We were one up and then we’re looking at being 2-1 down so the game has changed on its head.
“Obviously there was a reaction and while I certainly don’t condone the reaction, sometimes you need to show that passion. It was a disagreement and it has been dealt with internally.
“There are no issues between the two players and I just think it was a case that emotions were high, maybe it went slightly too far, but there is no problem.
“We could have done without it but we have been losing soft goals lately. The players care. We’ve got ourselves out of some difficult situations this season and they want to win.”