David Martindale was in the dugout as Livingston achieved a 4-0 League Cup win over Ayr United after the departure of Gary Holt last week. 

Martindale had his team playing the best football they have played so far this season and he was pleased with the performance from his players: “It was a good first half.

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A good win for Livingston. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“In fact, it was a good first five minutes. This management game is easy isn’t it! The boys were brilliant, we went out and we started on the front foot.”

The Lions are now into the last eight of the League Cup and if they can get through the next round, a first trip to the national stadium in cup competition since 2004 awaits the West Lothian side. 

The prospect of reaching a semi-final for the first time in 16 years is a tasty one according to the Livingston caretaker: “I said to them we are one game away from Hampden.

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One game from the national stadium. (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“For a lot of the boys including myself we’ve never made it there. We were there in League One against Queen’s Park but cup-wise it’s somewhere we want to go, and we want the club to go.

“Knowing Livingston, we would get to Hampden and the fans wouldn’t be allowed in. From looking at it from a community point of view, it would be absolutely huge. From looking at it from a board point of view, again, it would be absolutely massive.

“And from a player and coaching staff point of view it would be unbelievable. Everyone wants to be at Hampden and be in finals and it would be great if the club could do something like that, but we still have to get past the quarter-finals.”

The 4-0 win over Ayr was fantastic for Livi’s cup prospects but they need to carry that same form into the Premiership in order to climb away from the foot of the table: “We just need to take the form into the league now.

“It’s not as easy in the Premiership. We have always done well in this competition since me and David Hopkin in the League One days. I think we have always been successful in this competition.” 

Martindale is currently in charge on an interim basis following former manager Holt’s departure and he hasn’t ruled himself out of applying for the vacant position.

He says the performance against Ayr was about giving the previous manager a good send-off: ”I thought the boys reacted really well and before the game I spoke about it and I said, ‘go out there and show Gary Holt’. It wasn’t just a reaction for me it was a collective effort and Gary was in our thoughts.”

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