Gary Holt was in fine form after watching Livingston beat Motherwell, delivering a brilliant response to why he and assistant boss David Martindale were booked.
It was a brilliant day for the Lions over the Well. A goal from former Steelman Aaron-Taylor Sinclair was the deciding factor in the 1-0 triumph but the scoreline doesn’t do Holt’s men justice.
From start to finish, Livingston dominated and dictated play. A mix of direct football and brilliant play on the deck left Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson singing Livi praises at full time.
The Tony Macaroni Arena side are now four points off fourth and seventh off the Well in third. With games against bottom six opponents in Ross County and St Mirren to come in the league next, Livingston are certainly contenders for the European spots.
During the match though, Holt and assistant Martindale were booked. In good spirits, Holt has taken a light-hearted approach to the bookings shown to the Lions bench.
“I thought we were exceptional,” said Holt. “I said to them at half time, we have all been in dressing rooms where you’ve had pats on the backs, and then you come in at the end of the game with regrets.
“I said they are a very good side, they’re third in the table, Stephen Robinson isn’t going to be happy, we’re dominating the game. I told them to expect a backlash and to be fair to them I thought some of the play was exceptional.
“David threw his hat aggressively towards the wall. I’ll need to speak to him about it, because it’s kit we need and we supply him with it. But he got done with that. I got done for remonstrating when Lyndon’s clean through.
“We’re trying to see the game out but he’s got a great opportunity, he’s clean through on goal. To be fair to John Beaton, he said after the game I never seen that aspect of it.
“I’m not going irate because my guy’s got a free kick in the 91st minute. I’m delighted because the game’s dead. But I’ll need to learn to curb my enthusiasm for leaving my technical area.”