Gary Holt thought his Livingston side were unlucky to be on the receiving end of a 3-1 home defeat to Kilmarnock as he defended Rangers loanee Robby McCrorie.
The Lions manager was pleased with the efforts of his players but ultimately they came up short. A goal from Scott Pittman had Livi ahead before Aaron Tshibola, Chris Burke and Greg Kiltie handed the away team victory.
For the third Kilmarnock goal, Rangers loanee McCrorie failed to hold onto what looked like an easy cross to gather. Instead, the 22-year-old dropped the ball at the feet of Kiltie, who slotted a shot underneath the Livi stopper and into the net.
Holt doesn’t believe the blame solely lies with his goalkeeper: “He’s learning his trade, he’s young and done well for us at times as well. He made a mistake. he probably thought he had more time to gather it and pat it down and obviously he’s been unlucky that Greg followed in and it has gone in. It’s a lonely world being a goalkeeper.
“Robby has put his hands up and said, ‘look I’ve made a mistake, I cost us the game’ but he never cost us because we were one nil up and that’s something we need to look at as a group.”
Despite the defeat, the Livi manager explained that he took plenty of positives from the performance even though it didn’t result in any points: “I feel a wee bit aggrieved for the lads.
“They’ve put in a shift today, created lots of chances, they’ve hit the woodwork twice and scored a good goal but the second and third goal I will have to be questioning them.
“We’re in the ascendancy at 1-0. I think it was one-sided and only going one way, but the second goal and the third goal certainly takes the wind out of your sails and makes it hard for you to get back in it.
“I’ve had a few of these in my time here and we have done really well against sides and come unstuck. These teams are seasoned campaigners at it. Kilmarnock’s, Motherwell’s, St Johnstone’s, they have been in this league for a long time.
“They know how to grind out wins and results and sucker punch you almost. We need to take that on the chin and learn from it because I thought there was a lot of really good play from us.”