Livi skipper keen to be Boxing clever

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CAPTAIN Liam Fox is desperate for Livingston to get back into action on Boxing Day at Hamilton Academical, after the Lions suffered from their first call-off of the season last weekend in the scheduled home match with Ayr United.

Frost and snow saw the game at the Braidwood Motor Company Stadium postponed, and Fox admits the players can’t wait to get back out and play in Monday’s 2pm kick-off at New Douglas Park.

He said: “Especially after having such a good result as we did at Raith Rovers, we were looking to take that confidence on into to Ayr game last week. Unfortunately it was called off due to weather and it always frustrating when games are cancelled. We’ve just got to look forward to Hamilton on Monday which will be a very big game.”

The match sees Livi pit their wits against Billy Reid’s men for the fourth time already this season, with a win, a draw and a defeat for the Lions achieved in the three meetings so far. In particular though, the league encounters – a 1-1 draw at New Douglas Park and a 1-0 win for Livi in West Lothain – are promising indicators for Bollan’s men.

Fox said: “It’ll more than likely be tight. We’ve played them three times already this campaign, so they know what we’re all about and we know what they’re all about. I think who gets the points is really down to who turns up on the day and performs their best, perhaps more so than in some other games. I think that’s the best way to describe it.”

The Livi squad were given a Christmas surprise by their manager with Bollan telling the players they would have Christmas Day off, and Fox reckons the decision not only shows the trust the Lions gaffer has in his players, but also that the team are desperate to pay back that trust with a win on Monday

He said: “The manager’s given us Christmas Day off which was a wee surprise for us. I think he trusts us enough and knows the players he’s got enough to know we can make sure we look after ourselves and watch what we’re eating and the like.

“I think that just shows, as I said, a trust in the players. Christmas is a day to be spent with your family and I think the boys all really appreciate having it off. Hopefully we can pay that back with the three points on Monday.”