Changes pay off for Hop­kin

West Lothian Courier - - Sports View -

David Hop­kin stuck to the suc­cess­ful 3-5-2 sys­tem he has used all sea­son but made a string of changes to the start­ing line-up – all of which paid off.

The re­turn of De­clan Gal­lagher al­lowed the cen­tre-back trio to be re­u­nited and, as has been the case all sea­son, he com­bined with Craig Halkett and Alan Lith­gow to give very lit­tle away and keep a clean sheet for the sec­ond time in three away league fix­tures.

Gal­lagher’s re­turn, although marred by a late send­ing-off, also al­lowed Nikolay Todorov to take up his more fa­mil­iar berth up front and he proved to be tricky for Falkirk’s cen­tre-backs. The sur­prise se­lec­tion came in cen­tral mid­field where James Pen­rice, nat­u­rally a left-sided de­fender, was utilised.

He may have taken a while to grow into the game but showed ter­rific in­stincts and com­po­sure to tee-up the first goal.

Jack­son Lon­gridge con­tin­ued to im­press in a fur­ther for­ward left-sided role than he played last term.

Livi changed to a 4-5-1 when Jack McMil­lan came off the bench and that had the de­sired ef­fect as it frus­trated the vis­i­tors and al­lowed the Lions to see the game out.

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