Livingston manager John McGlynn felt his side’s below first-half performance in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Queen of the South prevented the club from taking all three points from their clash in Dumfries.
After their heroics of last midweek’s 4-1 rout of Hearts in the second round of the Petrofac Training Cup, the Lions’ lacklustre display in the opening 45 minutes at Palmerston Park saw them trail at the break to a Kyle Jacobs own goal.
However, striker Jordan White’s penalty in the second half – his fourth goal in his last three outings – ensured Livingston returned to the Energy Assets Arena with a point for their endeavours.
McGlynn admitted he felt last Wednesday’s triumph over Hearts had taken its toll on his squad against a Queen of the South side that played out the closing 20 minutes with ten men after defender James Fowler saw red for a second bookable offence.
“There wasn’t a big gap between the game last Wednesday night against Hearts and Saturday so going down to Dumfries is always a difficult one even at the best of times,” McGlynn said. “I think that had a bit of an effect on us in the first half – we didn’t do so well and the players were a wee bit leggy. But we did a lot better in the second half and it was good play to get the penalty from which we equalised from.
“We just couldn’t quite capitalise when they went down to ten men as we had the better chances towards the end and could have won it. But over the 90 minutes, I’ve got to say that Queen’s deserved to be ahead in the first half so overall a point was probably fair.”
On-form White is certainly making a name for himself in the Championship, looking every bit the player that convinced McGlynn to lure him from Stirling Albion in the first place. Both Myles Hippolyte and David Robertson were also rewarded for their contributions from the subs’ bench against Hearts with a starting berth against the Doonhamers.
“I’m delighted for Jordan,” said McGlynn. “When strikers come into a new club they’re desperate to get a goal and soon as you get that goal it kicks you on. The goals are now coming for him and he was very confident on Saturday when we got the penalty and he slotted it away nicely.
“Both David and Myles also did very well when they came on against Hearts and in the previous game down at Palmerston (Petrofac Training Cup first round 4-3 win) when they both scored so it was a wee bit of horses for courses where they more or less played themselves into the side.
“But we didn’t do well enough in the first half so I felt I had to change things tactically. We went to a 4-4-2 and changed the personnel around a wee bit. But we got a reaction in the second half and that’s what I was looking for.”
Despite some frustration, McGlynn stressed he is content with the start Livingston have made having taken four points from a possible nine and sitting fifth.
“When you look at Queen of the South, of course you go out to win every game but a point away down there is not a bad thing.”
Livingston and Queen of the South play tomorrow night at the Energy Assets Arena in the second round of the League Cup, kick-off 7.45pm.