Myles Hippolyte was delighted to get his hands on the Petrofac Training Cup on Sunday as it shut up one of his biggest critics – his dad.
The 20-year-old Englishman was a key part of the Livingston team that thumped Alloa 4-0 in last weekend’s final and he admitted that he was spurred on by the thought of proving his father Michael wrong, who made the journey to Perth with Hippolyte’s brother to watch him play.
“My dad was questioning before the game whether I was going to be ready for a game of this level and my head being in the right place,” said Hippolyte. “But I am confident in these situations and thankfully the gaffer [Mark Burchill] started me and I showed the team and my family that I was ready to stand up and be counted.
“It was great for my family to come up and watch me and for me to put in a performance like I did was even better.”
Hippolyte put in a stellar display for the Lions, creating the opening goal and constantly tormenting the Alloa defence. It capped off a memorable tournament for the former Brentford youngster, as he had scored three goals in the previous four rounds, but now he wants to bring that cup form into the league, starting tonight against Falkirk at the Energy Assets Arena.
“It’s not something every footballer wins in their first season as a professional,” said Hippolyte. “I’d managed to score three in the previous four rounds so I think it was right that I got my chance in the final. To get man-of-the-match though just typified the whole occasion.
“I do things that can maybe change the game and the gaffer realises that as well. I just need to be that more consistent and keep to a high level. Every player wants to play well in the league and cups throughout the season. It’s a shame I’ve not been as consistent in the league but that all comes with experience. I’ve always been, ever since I was young, someone who seems to shine in the cups. But I hope to put in some decent performances between now and the end of the season.”
Hippolyte, who was recruited last summer by former boss John McGlynn after his release from Brentford, is hoping to use Sunday’s cup win as a platform to rescue Livi’s floundering league campaign. But with just six matches remaining to preserve their Championship status and six points adrift of the Wasps at the foot of the table, time is not on their side.
“The cup win has given us huge motivation to carry into the next game starting against Falkirk tonight,” Hippolyte said. “Right now we’ve got the league to think about and even coming back on the coach from Perth on Sunday, no one was really buzzing about as much as most teams would have been because we know we’ve got to pick it up against Falkirk and get a result. We then go to Cowdenbeath on Saturday and that is just as important.”
With little more than a month of the season remaining, Hippolyte’s deal in West Lothian is nearing an end. However, the winger hasn’t ruled out the possibility of extending his stay should an offer be forthcoming.
“I wouldn’t have any problem with signing again,” he said. “I’ve been happy with Livingston and am not looking for it to end. As long as we can keep the team in the league then I’d be very happy. It’s tough to say but it’s going to be a difficult few weeks ahead.”