Livingston manager David Martindale was celebrating an impressive win last night after his side extended Celtic’s winless run away from home in the league with a 1-0 win at the Tony Macaroni Arena.
A big thank you again to main sponsor @phoenixdrilling who sponsored yesterday's match and they opted for @AyoObileye for Man of the Match after a fantastic defensive display and clean-sheet.
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— Livingston FC (@LiviFCOfficial) September 20, 2021
Martindale was blown away by the performance of Andy Shinnie as the 32-year-old netted the only goal of the game and secured Livingston’s first win of the season.
The former Rangers, Birmingham and Luton Town star has undoubted quality and Martindale thinks it was “one of the best no.9 performances” he’s seen in his time in West Lothian.
“I knew I had to get Andrew Shinnie up the park and I thought he was incredible. He looked as though he’d played as a nine all his career,” Martindale said.
“He’s a great lad. He’s got a very good football brain and I think you could play him anywhere and he’d give you a decent shift.
“He’s very creative and very good on the ball. That was one of the best no.9 performances since I’ve been at Livingston. It reminded me of Lyndon Dykes. His timing, he was competing well in the air and his use of the ball was brilliant. He got us up the park and he’s a very clever player.
However, when Martindale discovered the Man of the Match award had been given to someone other than Shinnie – Ayo Obileye – he wasn’t having any of it, picking out Shinnie and one other Livi star he thought had an “incredible” afternoon against the Parkhead side, adding: “Who gave him that?
“I thought he was very good but I thought there was better. I thought Andrew Shinnie was incredible, I thought Max was incredible but Ayo…you were decent but I’m not giving you Man of the Match.”
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