Livingston manager David Martindale has one eye on European football as the Lions gained another point on fourth place Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership.
While fifth could be enough to clinch European football depending on the winner of the Scottish Cup, the Lions are only five points off Aberdeen in fourth after a 1-1 draw with Hibs on Saturday.
A home game with the Dons is to come during the post-split fixtures, and with Aberdeen having scored one goal in 10 matches, Martindale believes his side have a chance: “It’s a point in the right direction and Jack (Ross, Hibs manager) will also be saying the same thing for his side in terms of widening the game between them and Aberdeen as well.
“Why not (move past Aberdeen)? I think you have to have that attitude. That’s our last game of the league before the split so you’re going into the split with five games to go, and we’re only five points behind.
“We still have Aberdeen to play as well, so it’s a fantastic carrot for us to look ahead to. Theoretically, you’ve got the game against Aberdeen, if we pick three points up in that, then it’s anybody’s, but it’s going to be tough. But, why not? Why can’t we do it?”
On the draw with Hibs, Martindale was satisfied with a point: “I thought it was a good game of football, I enjoyed watching the first half especially. I said that to the boys after the game that I thought, in the first half, they played with more composure today, in terms of getting on the ball and they moved the ball quite well.
“I think you could see that by getting into the top six, it’s a relieving of pressure on them so they played more freely. Second half, there was a 15 minute spell where Hibs were consistently putting balls into the box, Nisbet and Irvine making late runs, and big Doidge as well.
“I knew we needed to try and stop the cross because that was probably their game plan. I thought we were far better in the first half, and with the chances we created, we have to do a bit better in converting them into goals.
“Again, we gave a really sloppy goal away. We just had to clear our lines to avoid it, so worst case we would’ve been going in 1-0 up and that’s enough to win the game. On reflection, I’ll take the draw, but a bit disappointed given how it could’ve went for us.”
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