Livingston should be proud of their top six spot – but now the aim is fifth place according to Lions manager David Martindale.
After no wins in six following a 14-game unbeaten run, Livi responded to beat Hamilton 2-1 on Saturday thanks to a sublime goal from Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Scott Pittman. It seals their place in the Scottish Premiership’s top six for the second season on the spin, a fantastic feat.
Hitting the continent is on Martindale’s mind: “That (Europe) is the objective. I spoke to them there. It is a challenge for every one of us, myself included to ensure we do not finish any lower than fifth so that is going to be the objective going forward.
“I think the boys are more than capable of doing that. To be honest, I think against the so-called bigger teams we seem to turn up and the style suits us. We are actually a very good footballing team and I think you will see that from us going forward.
“The boys rise to the occasion so I am just delighted we have finished in the top six. The cup final defeat had a wee knock on effect on us, but we looked back to our best against Hamilton. As the game went on and we knew we were guaranteed top six we passed the ball about a bit.
“It is a marathon not a sprint so we can forget about the last three or four games. Would we have taken this with five games still to go? Of course we would and I think this is an unbelievable effort from the club.”
There were contrasting striker emotions for Martindale. His former Arsenal man scored a stunner similar to that of legendary Gunners forward Thierry Henry while key figure Scott Robinson was missing.
Martindale can’t say much about Robinson but ‘JET’ was the difference against Accies: “I thought we grew into the game after the big JET scored. It was a fantastic goal and I see that every week in training. It has been frustrating getting him up to speed but he was the difference between the two teams.
“Scott Robinson is unavailable for selection just now. I’m all about the collective, it’s about the we not the I. That’s all I really want to say. Hopefully (he’ll play again before the end of the season) but I don’t know.”
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