Gary Holt’s Livingston made it four wins from four in the League Cup as they saw off Airdrie 4-1 in their final group game to make the last 16.
Going a goal down after half-time, the Lions clawed it back and scored four in the second half to win comfortably. Despite the emphatic win, Holt still saw things that he needs to work on with his group of players.
“I enjoyed the result and enjoyed the second half but there were some aspects that I spoke to the boys about,” said Holt. “We seem to be giving teams a goal and then we have to raise our game again.
“I can’t put that into them. I can’t put into them how to raise the tempo of their game. When you go a goal behind and then suddenly raise the tempo, we looked comfortable, but we should be working that hard to get ahead in the game.
“We played really well, and we lost a goal and we up the tempo again and we’re chasing our tails. You can’t do that in the Premiership against that quality of player. But I was over the moon with the second half. From losing a poor goal to then dictating and dominating the game and scoring some really good goals, we probably should have had more.”
Ex-Ayr United man Alan Forrest, who will meet his former employers in the next round, was one of the standout performers for Livi, scoring two of the four goals against Airdrie. Holt was impressed with his summer signing but still wants to see more from the winger.
He said: “I said to him at half-time, you have played a lot of football, you are experienced in games and you have a lot of games under your belt, you need to open your mouth sometimes. It’ll come, I know it’s a new club and new surroundings.
“Sometimes he can frustrate you but he’s always in the right areas to score goals and he can create as well. he wants to learn He wants to improve and he knows he needs to improve defensively as well. He takes things on board and he implements them in the game.
“Scott Pittman is not vocal, and he is one of our mainstays. It’s what do you do on the pitch sometimes because there are different styles of players who can talk and moan – like me – and there are people who lead by what they do.
“It seems to be when you give him a bit of freedom, he excels a wee bit more. It’s not so much just being a focal point out wide and getting at somebody, he’s got freedom to roam and it helps us and gives us a headache when it comes to picking a side.”