Livingston ‘good value’ for win over Raith Rovers despite needing extra-time

David Martindale's side needed extra-time to progress
David Martindale's side needed extra-time to progress (PA Wire)
19:12pm, Sat 03 Apr 2021
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Livingston manager David Martindale feels his team deserve their place in the Scottish Cup fourth round after needing extra-time to see off Raith Rovers 2-1.

Lewis Vaughan gave the Championship side the lead after 13 minutes with a sublime free-kick before Jack Fitzwater levelled for the top-flight hosts in the 70th minute.

Substitute Matej Poplatnik secured the victory in the 109th minute after connecting with Nicky Devlin’s cut back.

Martindale said: “The goal was extremely poor from our point of view.  They got a wee kick out of that and there was a wee 10 or 15-minute spell where we struggled to get to grips with them a little bit.

“We then started to get to grips with the game. We got behind them and started to dominate.

“Once we equalised I was very confident we’d go on and win the game, to be honest, because we were moving them about and dominating the ball.

“I thought we were good value for it today and deserved the win.”

Rovers sit second in the Championship and manager John McGlynn hopes the performance against Livingston, who have finished in the top half of the Premiership, can inspire the players when they return to league action.

He said: “Maybe just all the games that we’ve had recently caught up with one or two of us whereas Livingston were fresh. But there are loads and loads of positives to take.

“Livingston are sitting fifth in the league, we’ve come to their patch and over 90 minutes it’s one each.

“The last time they played here it was one-one with Hibs, it speaks volumes for our players.

“We’ve now got five league games to go, we’re sitting in second position and we want to consolidate that position.”

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