Craig Sives ‘bored’ by prospect of playing St Mirren twice

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Livingston’s Craig Sives has branded Scottish football “boring” as he prepares to face St Mirren twice in the space of just four days.

The Lions travel to St Mirren Park tonight with a place in the third round of the League Cup up for grabs before the team undertake the same journey on Saturday for their clash in the Ladbrokes Championship.

It’s a case of déjà vu for Sives and his Livi team-mates who have already encountered doubleheaders against Clyde (Petrofac Training and League Cup ties) and Queen of the South (in the Championship and Petrofac) this season despite the new campaign having kicked off little more than a month ago.

“That’s just Scottish football for you,” Sives responded when asked about the prospect of going head to head with Ian Murray’s side twice this week.

“It’s a bit repetitive and boring but that’s just the luck of the draw I suppose. It seemed to happen for us last year as well when we had Queen of the South twice in the space of a couple of days so it’s just one of these things and you’ve got to get on with it.”

Livingston remain undefeated in cup competitions so far this season and have a quarter-final tie against Rangers in the Petrofac Training Cup to look forward to. The club’s league form, however, has been hugely disappointing suffering three consecutive defeats, the latest being Saturday’s 2-1 loss at home to Falkirk.

But Sives has mixed views when it comes to preparing for a match so soon after a disappointment.

“It is a positive and it isn’t if you know what I mean,” the former Hearts defender said. “It looks like a nice surface to go and play on but St Mirren are a good team. I’ve not played against them before so it’s a new experience for nearly all of us. If we can get a result then we’ll need to take it into Saturday’s league game.

“But it’s been a really poor start to the season. We haven’t looked like scoring and if you can’t keep clean sheets then the inevitable is going to happen. It was just so flat against Falkirk so everyone’s bitterly disappointed. We let ourselves down and the fans down. It’s something we’re very keen to put right.

“The players are working hard and we’re certainly trying our best but it’s just not clicking for us at the moment. We need to come together as a squad and it will come.

“From what I see in training every day, from what the manager sees, I’m very confident we can turn it around.”

And although Livi boss Mark Burchill felt the 120 minutes played against Queens last Tuesday contributed to his side’s lethargic display against the Bairns, Sives insisted their performance was inexcusable.

“We’re looked after well at the club so there can be no complaints,” he said. “We had the day off the day after the Queens match and then had a light session last Thursday and Friday. We do things properly so I don’t know why we were so poor at the weekend.”