Livingston manager David Hopkin paying no attention to Hibs’ dip in form



Livingston manager David Hopkin insists there is not a good time to be playing Hibs – even though the Leith side are without a Championship win in five games.

Alan Stubbs’ team needed a last minute Farid El Alagui equaliser to halt a barren run of four straight losses in a 2-2 draw at St Mirren on Saturday.

AlmondvaleLivingston are the visitors at Easter Road this evening and are hoping to build on a fruitful spell of three wins from six matches as Hopkin’s side bid to move clear of the relegation play-off zone.

But Hopkin, whose team are two points adrift of eighth place Dumbarton with five matches to play, is refusing to consider that Hibs have become a soft touch.

The former Scotland midfielder said: “I don’t see them as being vulnerable, I see them as being a very good team.

“They’ve got a squad of players they can change at any time. Alan can freshen things up on Tuesday night.

“We’ve just got to make sure we’re prepared and that I get the players focused for a massive week.

“We need to keep focused. We’ve got two massive games coming up this week against Hibs away and then another difficult game away to Morton.”

Livingston fought out a goal-less draw with Hibs in their last meeting at the Tony Macaroni Arena on February 13 and Hopkin, whose side picked up a point against Alloa at the weekend, insists they will adopt a defensive approach at Easter Road.

He added: “We just need to go to Hibs and try and pick up what we can.
We’ll set up our team not to get beat and hopefully we can get something.”