Livingston boss John McGlynn hailed his side’s fighting spirit as they fought back from two goals down to edge Queen of the South 4-3 after extra-time in the first round of the Petrofac Training Cup.
McGlynn’s men faced an uphill struggle at Palmerston Park after former Livi striker Iain Russell added to Andrew Dowie’s first-half header. But ex-Hearts defender Craig Sives, again a headed effort, started the fightback just two minutes later before Daniel Mullen restored parity with a right-footed effort after 65 minutes.
Neither side could force a winner in normal time so it was left to substitute and new signing Myles Hippolyte to put the Lions ahead for the first time in the match after eight minutes of additional play.
But the hosts wouldn’t be denied and Michael Paton equalised shortly after the restart of extra-time before another new addition by McGlynn, this time David Robertson, netted from six yards with five minutes left to seal Livingston’s passage into the second round. McGlynn praised the attitude of his squad for their desire to come back from two goals down.
He said: “We had very close games against them last season so we did really well to come back from being 2-0 down, but getting back into the game so quickly after Queens got their second goal was very significant.
“The substitutes worked really well because Myles came on and scored, David Robertson came on and scored so it was a real squad victory. It’s always a good victory to go to Queens and win because it was a really tough draw for us – they were the team that finished fourth last year – so we’re very happy to get through and look forward to the draw tomorrow.”
McGlynn, however, is keen to keep his players’ feet firmly on the ground despite the morale-boosting win over one of their Championship rivals.
He added: “We’ve made eight changes to the squad for the coming season so it’s great for them to get a win under their belts so early. It’s really good for confidence from that point of view. But we don’t want to get carried away as it is only the first game, but getting good results certainly does breed confidence so we’ll take it as a big positive.”