Livingston assistant manager David Hopkin believes his players finally got their just rewards after Saturday’s emphatic 4-1 over Queen of the South victory in Dumfries.
The Lions were trailing at the break to a Dale Hilson strike but a second-half brace from substitute Liam Buchanan and further efforts from Scott Pittman and Jordan White swung the match in the visitors’ favour.
Livi are now two points clear of Alloa who drop to the foot of the Championship after their 1-0 defeat at Morton.
“We’ve been creating real good opportunities lately but have just been unlucky,” Hopkin said. “I think anybody who saw us against St Mirren last weekend will have seen that so I think winning at Queens is our just rewards for the last four or five matches.
“We just told the players to relax and go out and play. It’s a very difficult place to come and win but we took our chances in the second half and scored four great goals. We’re going the right direction so hopefully we can keep going. Football is about scoring goals and I think this has been coming for the last few weeks.”
Livi goalkeeper Marc McCallum had to be alert to stop Hilson before the striker broke the deadlock after 27 minutes. Jordan Marshall’s surging run down the left was rewarded when the unmarked striker knocked in from close range.
A similar lung-bursting effort from Marshall’s opposite number Jackson Longridge then provided an inch-perfect cutback to Jordyn Sheerin, but the 25-year-old miscued his effort wide.
However, the visitors were back on level terms within five minutes of the restart when Pittman latched onto White’s flick on and expertly finished beyond Robbie Thomson.
White then put Mark Burchill’s side in front when he got above a static Queens defence to power a header into the net from a Gary Glen cross.
James Fowler’s men were stunned and Buchanan made matters worse when he collected a pass from Glen just inside the box, dropped the shoulder before curling his effort away from Thomson into the top corner to make it 3-1 with 15 minutes remaining. Livi then made it four when Glen’s corner was headed into the path of Buchanan by defender Morgyn Neill and the former Alloa striker completed a memorable afternoon with a neat finish.
Queen of the South: Thomson, Jacobs, Hooper, Higgins, Marshall, Pickard (Smith 68), Hutton, Harris (Oliver 78), Conroy, Hilson (Russell 64), Lyle. Subs: Atkinson, Kidd, Heffernan, Coogans.
Livingston: McCallum, Gallagher, Neill, Gordon, Longridge, Glen, Gibbons (Millen 89), Faria, Pittman (Currie 87), White, Sheerin (Buchanan 64). Subs: Jamieson, Georgiev.
Referee: Nick Walsh.