Livi captain urges team to build on Raith win

Simon Mensing
Simon Mensing
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Livingston captain Simon Mensing has called on his team-mates to maintain the standards set during Saturday’s 5-1 romp of Raith Rovers.

The Lions recorded their first win on the road this season and their first three points in the league since September as they moved to within four points of second-bottom Cowdenbeath with a demolition display at Stark’s Park.

It has certainly been a turbulent spell for John McGlynn’s men in light of the five-point deduction imposed on the club by the SPFL at the end of last month for defaulting on tax payments.

However, Mensing, inset, who has only recently returned to the starting line-up after seven months out with a serious knee injury, has warned the dressing room he expects more of the same in the weeks and months ahead.

The former Hamilton defender said: “That is the standard we’ve now set ourselves, so that’s what we’re now looking for week in, week out. It was pleasing to see all the boys were up for it and the work-rate from back to front was excellent on Saturday. We got the three points and we’re looking to catch the t

eams above us. A win home or away we would have taken, but to have won away is that little bit sweeter.

“It was just the response we wanted and one that we had been looking for. With the points being deducted it’s been a big kick in the teeth. We spoke about it last week, so we’re trying to claw back as many points as we can and Saturday was the start of it. It was a great performance where we scored some really good goals. The win has been a long time coming, so we’re delighted.

With a much-improved Falkirk side due at the Energy Assets Arena this weekend, not to mention fixtures against the league’s top two in Rangers and Hearts still to come before the month is out, the importance of Saturday’s win in Fife cannot be underestimated.

Mensing, nonetheless, believes that the recent penalty incurred has made the players stronger as a group.

The 32-year-old added: “We’ve tried to make sure it doesn’t affect us. We’ve taken stock of where we are and how we’re going to get out of it.

“We have to roll our sleeves up and dig in and see where that takes us. We had a bit of a team bonding session prior to Saturday’s game, so it’s something as players we are all in together.”