His players were ‘burst’ at full time – and that’s a pleasing thing for Gary Holt as he hailed his Livingston squad’s effort in their 2-2 draw with Motherwell.
The Lions were hit with early blows as David Turnbull put Motherwell in front and Cardiff City loanee Ciaron Brown hobbled off with injury. Lyndon Dykes levelled proceedings before Allan Campbell put Motherwell back in front.
Again Holt’s team fought back, Alan Forrest getting his first Premiership goal to seal a decent point for Livi. After disappointment in their opening two games, Livingston looked a bit more like themselves in this game.
It was something that pleased Holt as he provided an update on Brown following his injury: “I’m over the moon with the team. They showed the spirit that’s synonymous with us as a club.
“We spoke about taking the game by the scruff of the neck, don’t wait for your teammate to do it. Going that extra yard, putting your body on the line, be prepared to get hurt. You see it in the dressing room, they are knackered, they’re burst.
“That’s what we want. We can pick them up and recover them for the game on Sunday. You shouldn’t be able to walk after that and that’s what we demand. I think we probably deserved to win.
“We conceded two poor goals and we’ll learn from it. I don’t think the keeper was under any threat, we had numerous chances in the first half. That final pass is still to come but I felt defensively we were stronger as a unit.
“I was delighted with their work rate, tenacity and self-belief. I want to be involved and I want to play, I tell that to the players. Put your work in, put your shift in, we’ll recover you. We’ve got a squad and come Sunday some of them might miss out for the right reasons rather than be poor tonight and get left out the team.
“I’ll take that. Ciaron had a slight issue a few weeks ago and felt a wee tweak. He felt he didn’t want to let his team down if the ball was coming over the top as he didn’t want to extend his range.
“That’s quite pleasing as he held his hands up straight away rather than risking a long-term. We’ll have a look and analyse but he’s gutted because he wants to play. He’s shown up really good in the games we’ve played.”