They turn up, win, put the tunes on and head home, making life very easy for Livingston manager David Martindale.
The Lions boss has enjoyed a remarkable opening stint as gaffer at the Tony Macaroni Arena, winning eight on the spin, their latest a 3-1 success against Ross County on Sunday. It doubled their previous best winning run as a top-flight team and are one win away from equalling a club record.
But Martindale says it’s all down to the players: “I can take a wee bit of credit but it’s the players. Players make football easy. I am just really, really delighted for the boys. The changing room is absolutely buzzing. My team talks are so easy, so short.
“After the game, we have done it the last four games, I go in, turn the music on, they dance in a circle, I turn it off and say ‘well done, see you tomorrow.’ It’s a good changing room. I’ll go home and the missus will tell me to do the dishes, that’s all that will happen with me!”
Martindale jokingly says he isn’t shy in giving his players a shouting: “When Efe Ambrose is in the team I need to be vocal! Wee Alan Forrest is my favourite so I like shouting at him.
“Jack Hamilton is just back from East Fife and he is still learning the game. You sometimes have to shout the triggers. I shout ‘Jack’ and he instantly knows what I want, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas I just like shouting at!
“The subs made a massive impact. JET came on and linked up with Alan who scored and then he set-up Jack Hamilton so it was really pleasing. I told the boys at half-time to continue to stick to the game plan and in the second half we dominated most of the possession and we earned our just rewards, albeit it was late in the game.”
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