Gary Holt wants his Livingston team to put their heads where it hurts and stop conceding ‘soft goals.’

Livi were pegged back from 1-0 up at home to Hamilton Accies over the weekend, losing 2-1 at the Tony Macaroni Arena. David Templeton leveled for Brian Rice’s side in the second half after a Shaun Want OG inside the first minute, Kyle Munro converting a header into the net from an away free-kick.

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Gary Holt’s side missed out on three points yesterday. (Photo by Willie Vass/Pool via Getty Images)

It leaves Holt’s team with one win from seven and joint-bottom. Livingston’s manager says winning that first tackle is key as he urges his men to stop allowing their opposition goals they should be keeping out the net.

“You’ve got to win your first balls,” said Holt. “I want people getting hurt. You want people to put their head on the line, coming off with a gash and trying their best.


“If he’s got a cut head and you’ve got a cut head and he’s won the ball, I’ll take it all day long. We didn’t win enough at either end and we got what we deserved.

“It’s a hard league and you need to be at it. It’s a game for us to go and play. We need to get away from giving soft goals away, simple as that.

“If a team comes and scores a great goal then fair enough. But set-plays you can guard against. If I’ve got a man, my man doesn’t score, I do my job.”

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