Livingston hope to catch out sleeping Bairns

Stefan Scougall, left
Stefan Scougall, left
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LIVINGSTON captain Simon Mensing is hoping Richie Burke’s men can pick up their first league win of the new season tomorrow – as they welcome Falkirk to the Energy Assets Arena.

After a tough 1-0 defeat at Alloa on the opening day and then a six-goal thriller with Queens seeing the points shared seven days ago, the Lions are looking to take advantage of Gary Holt’s visitors having gone 120 minutes midweek against Ayr United in the Ramsdens Cup.

And Mensing reckons there’s plenty to take from the side’s last home performance.

He said: “We played pretty well for a lot of the game last week. Obviously it was disappointing not to get the three points in the end, but I think we’ve taken a lot of positives from the performance.

“I think at Alloa – while we deserved something out of the game – we didn’t play as well, so I was nice to put together a better showing.”

Tomorrow sees a young Falkirk side arrive in West Lothian on the back of a fine 3-1 win over Morton last week – and after scraping past Ayr after extra time.

Livi will hope to begin to welcome back some absentees – with a list including Keaghan Jacobs, Stefan Scougall, Burton O’Brien, Kyle Wilkie and Ross Docherty missing last time out.

That meant that Livi couldn’t put seven substitutes on the bench – but the list of players out is relenting, with several faces expected to make appearances soon.

Despite that, Mensing reckons the injuries have had advantages for the whole squad.

“Obviously we’ve had some guys with a fair bit of experience missing which hasn’t helped,” he said, “but it’s also mean that we’ve got young guys who’ve come into the side and had a chance to show what they can do – and that’s good for us as the season goes on.”

Mensing is now two months into working with the staff at his new club and says the ideas of the management team have really chimed with the way he enjoys the game.

He said: “Richie’s time abroad means he’s got lots of ideas, and the way he sees the game played really appeals to me. I enjoy the style of football we’re being asked to play and hopefully the fans will too.

“It’s up to us to get a result and hopefully get the fans excited by that too.”