Livingston’s form boosts David Hopkin’s hopes for survival

Livingston goalkeeper Marc McCallum celebrates victory at full-time. Pic: SNS
Livingston goalkeeper Marc McCallum celebrates victory at full-time. Pic: SNS
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Livingston boss David Hopkin says there is a real belief throughout his squad that the Lions will be playing Championship football next season.

Saturday’s victory at high-flying Falkirk has moved play-off threatened Livi to within two points of Dumbarton, who are currently safe, with six matches left.

Although the Sons do have a game in hand over the West Lothian outfit, albeit against Hibs, Hopkin admits his players have hit a bit of form just at the right time.

The Lions have taken ten points from their last five fixtures and can consign bottom-of-the-table Alloa to League 1 football next season with a win over their opponents who visit the Tony Macaroni Arena on Saturday.

“We’ve been playing really well recently,” Hopkin said. “I thought even the week before at home to St Mirren we did well and we got done by two great goals. But there’s that belief there and everyone is focused on us remaining in the Championship.

“We’ll go and try and pick up as many points as we can between now and the end of the season. We’ve got a massive game now at home to Alloa on Saturday.”

While admitting he had set his team up to hit Falkirk on the break, a plan that paid dividends with Jordan White and Sam Stanton grabbing the all-important goals on Saturday, Hopkin felt his players more than warranted the points.

“They are a big strong side but we had a game plan and we did well to nullify Falkirk’s threat,” he said. “But I think the result is no more than we deserved.

“We’ve got a team with a bit of energy and bit of legs about us now.”