Livingston boss hopes Petrofac glory gives league lift

The Livingston players celebrate winning the Petrofac Training Cup after thumping Alloa
The Livingston players celebrate winning the Petrofac Training Cup after thumping Alloa
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Livingston boss Mark Burchill believes his team’s Petrofac Training Cup final win can propel the club to Championship survival.

The Lions crushed Alloa 4-0 in yesterday’s showdown at McDiarmid Park to win their first trophy since they overcame Hibs at Hampden in the 2004 CIS Cup final.

But despite yesterday afternoon’s heroics in Perth, Livi remain six points adrift of the Wasps at the foot of the table with only six matches remaining to save their season.

However, Burchill now feels his players can take huge confidence into Wednesday’s league clash with Falkirk at the Energy Assets Arena before they travel to face struggling Cowdenbeath at Central Park on Saturday.

“You can only take confidence from it,” Burchill admitted. “You’re in a cup final and you want to win it and it went well for us. If the guys stick to their task and do what we’re asking them then nine times out of ten it will go right for us.

“I’m obviously delighted but once it went 3-0 I stopped thinking about the game and started to think about Wednesday. Everyone was probably looking at me thinking ‘he’s a sour-faced git’ but I need to think about the tactics for Falkirk.

“I’ve never been a big celebrator but I’m delighted for my friends, family, my backroom staff and that’s the way it’s got to be. But we’ve got to be firmly switched on as we try to get the points in the league back as soon as we can.”

Burchill praised defender Darren Cole whose cousin Shaun was tragically killed last weekend in a reported hit and run in Miami where the off-duty soldier was on holiday. He said: “If I am being honest, there were times during the week that we didn’t know if he was going to play, but I think Shaun would have wanted him to. Darren wanted to do it and he showed real character and was different class. I think he has been a real find. He’s been fantastic for us since we’ve brought him in.”