Livingston manager David Martindale thinks his side’s exploits against the Old Firm last week caught up with them yesterday as they fell to a 3-0 defeat against Hearts at Tynecastle.

The Lions beat Celtic last wekeend before a valiant performance against Rangers in the midweek League Cup defeat but they were powerless to stop Hearts picking up all three points after goals from Michael Smith, Liam Boyce and Alex Cochrane in Gorgie.

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Martindale conceded it was a difficult afternoon for his side and praised Hearts for leaving his players ‘chasing shadows’ as the Jambos went second in the Premiership ahead of today’s games.

“It was a tough one, I’m not going to sit here and tell lies,” Martindale said after the 3-0 defeat.


“I think you could see that the last two games have caught up on us. I’m not using that as an excuse but I think it played a big part in how we approached the game.

“We were very passive and quite lethargic and we gave away possession too easily.

“I don’t think it comes down to attitude, I think we were lethargic and we were quite passive out of possession, which isn’t a Livingston performance.

“We didn’t get a chance to put pressure on the ball in the mid-third, which gave Hearts too much time on the ball and they kept moving us. You’re running about and chasing shadows.”

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