Direct style suits Marc McNulty and Livi

John McGlynn wants the ball delivered earlier to the strikers. Picture: Ian Rutherford
John McGlynn wants the ball delivered earlier to the strikers. Picture: Ian Rutherford
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LIVINGSTON landed their first win of the season in John McGlynn’s second match in charge – with striker Marc McNulty’s double seeing off Dumbarton.

The Lions had gone behind to Mitch Megginson’s 44th-minute strike, but a second-half turnaround saw them go home with the spoils.

McNulty insists he has not set himself any goalscoring targets for this campaign despite his latest efforts, but says he’s enjoying the ideas the new boss has impressed upon the team.

He said: “At half-time the gaffer got his point across and the boys took it on board and it was a different team in the second half.

“We started more confidently and played our own game. John’s just in the door, so there’s not so much change yet, but he likes to play more direct, he likes to get the ball forward and I think we’re trying to play higher up the park.

“My game is up the park in the final third. I’m not really looking to be back defending, so that suits me.”

By the time Livi had fallen behind, Andy Barrowman and McNulty had both missed good first-half opportunities, the latter firing straight at Jamie Ewings.

McNulty added: “It should have been a hat-trick. I was disappointed with myself for missing the first-half chance. In training you’d stick away nine out of ten of them.

“I try not to set myself targets and put pressure on myself. As long as the team are doing well every week and winning, then I’m happy.”

Ian Murray’s men grew into the first 45 after a slow start and when they went in front it was a fine goal. Colin Nish nodded down to Megginson 20 yards out and he swept the ball into the bottom corner on the half-volley.

Livi wasted no time in hunting down an equaliser after the breakthrough, with right-back Moussa Mampuya tormenting the home defence.

He finished off a fine passing move by squaring for McNulty to level things up only four minutes after the restart and from there, the Lions never looked back.

Their pressure was rewarded with 14 minutes to go when Barrowman did well to win possession on the edge of the area. He laid the ball off to McNulty, who thumped it past Ewings.