Wednesday, August 10, 2022
SportScottish PremiershipLivingston manager David Hopkin paying no attention to Hibs' dip in form

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.”

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