Hopkin says Livi reaction was spot-on

David Hopkin. Picture: SNS

David Hopkin. Picture: SNS

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Livingston interim-manager David Hopkin was delighted with the reaction from his players following the controversial sacking of former manager Mark Burchill last Monday.

The Lions blew away St Mirren 4-1 on Saturday to leapfrog the Paisley men into eighth spot in the Championship and pick up their first league victory since Halloween.

Hopkin, 45, who will also take charge of the first-team’s trip to Falkirk tomorrow night, has yet to comment on whether he is interested in taking on the role full time. The club’s board is expected to draw up a shortlist this week.

Nevertheless, the ex-Scotland internationalist praised his players’ efforts after a difficult week.

“I asked for a reaction from the players and I got that,” Hopkin said. “I asked them before the game to give a performance for Mark because it was him that built this squad.”

“We knew it was going to be a difficult game so we just tried to change a couple of things. We’ve worked hard, scored four good goals and got the win.”

The visitors grabbed the initiative when Gary Glen’s cross from the right was turned in by Liam Buchanan from close range before defender Ben Gordon doubled Livi’s lead nine minutes later with a well-executed volley from 12 yards.

Paul McMullan’s cutback was angled into the far corner by Lawrence Shankland to cut the deficit four minutes before the interval.

A dreadful kick out from Saints No.1 Jamie Langfield after the break went unpunished but, after Danny Mullen was upended 25 yards from goal, Glen’s dipping free-kick sailed into the top corner to leave Langfield clutching thin air.

The Lions completed the scoring on 66 minutes when an exquisite reverse pass from Jordan White put Buchanan in the clear and the former Partick Thistle striker prodded the ball into the far corner.

Hopkin will be in the dugout for tomorrow’s match at Falkirk and insisted, with regards to his own future, that he’s looking no further than the next match. “I’ve been asked to take the team until tomorrow’s match with Falkirk and we’ll see how it goes from there,” he added.

St Mirren: Langfield, Reid (Baird 16), Watson, Webster, Kelly, McMullan, Carswell, Mallan, Agnew (Morgan 67), Gallagher (Thompson 75), Shankland. Subs: Wilks, Cuddihy, McLear, Howieson.

Livingston: McCallum, Gallagher, Neill, Gordon, Longridge, Glen, Faria, Pittman, Mullen (Hippolyte 63), White (Sheerin 69), Buchanan (Knox 81). Subs: Jamieson, Millen, Currie, Gibbons.

Referee: Stephen Finnie.

Attendance: 2,952.