BY DARREN JOHNSTONE @CCP_Sport
Livingston caretaker gaffer David Hopkin wants answers over the dugout uncertainty after confessing that the Lions desperately need January reinforcements.
The West Lothian outfit fell back into the Championship relegation zone yesterday after second half strikes from Derek Lyle and Iain Russell gave Queen of the South all the spoils.
Hopkin has now taken charge of three games since Mark Burchill was axed and the former Scotland internationalist admits he is keen to find out what the board are planning.
He said: “I don’t know what’s going to happen. I think it’s time to reassess everything that’s going to happen, including getting players.
“I’ll come in Monday and speak to whoever is here and hopefully get it sorted out because it needs addressed one way or the other.
“If you look at my bench, I’ve got a 16-year-old in Matthew Knox and Ryan Currie, who is 17.
“I’ve got nothing and it’s a very hard job. We need experienced players to help us where we are and that’s something that needs to be addressed.”
The hosts started the game on the front foot but the Doonhamers slowly grew into the contest and created a handful of chances.
Alex Harris volleyed over before Russell missed a great chance from close range.
Liam Buchanan created and missed Livingston’s best chance of the half in the 38th minutes, firing wide inside the box after racing past both Jordan Marshall and Chris Higgins.
But Queens made their pressure count in the 65th minute.
Gary Oliver did well to get to the byeline and his pass into the six yard box was slammed home by Lyle.
Former Lions favourite Russell wrapped up all three points in the 77th minute after he fizzed a low drive past Darren Jamieson following a driving run.
Queens manager James Fowler, whose side are now only two points adrift of fourth place Raith Rovers, said: “It’s a good start to the year.
“We said it was going to be a big month for us so it was important we came here and got the three points.”