Uk news Livingston boss says substitutions against Rangers was with top five bid in mind PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - The Lions travel to St Johnstone on Saturday knowing a win would see them clinch fifth spot - which could be enough to qualify for Europe.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Livingston boss David Martindale admits his team selection and substitutions in last night's defeat to Rangers were with an eye on Saturday's season finale in Perth. The Lions travel to McDiarmid Park to take on St Johnstone knowing a win would see them secure fifth place in the Premiership table for a second successive season. It would also be enough for them to qualify for Europe next season should Hibs get the better of the Saints in next week's Scottish Cup final. Martindale said: "I made a couple of changes and tried to get players off the park with Saturday in mind. I want to have options because it's a big game and it's difficult with only a 48 hour turnaround. "That's my Marv didn't start and I got Josh and Craig off. I tried to get Jack Fitzwater and JET off a bit earlier too but we were getting a wee bit of joy at a stage where a goal changes the game. When the third went in, it put the game well beyond us and it's allowed me to make more changes with Saturday in mind. "Part of my team talk will be that it's a chance for payback from the cup final but really you just want to win every game of football." As for last night's 3-0 loss to the champions, the gaffer admitted he wasn't too down about the performance. James Tavernier opened the scoring with a 42nd minute penalty before Ryan Kent doubled the lead just before the hour mark. Livi would then enjoy their best spell of the game with Scott Pittman hitting the bar, while Jaze Kabia could only find the woodwork form six yards out when he appeared certain to reduce the deficit. Ianis Hagi then completed the scoring late on. Martindale said: "It's disappointing to lose the first goal at that stage of the game because there wasn't much in it. We don't apply enough pressure in the middle of the park - which is something we worked on.
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"Hagi did extremely well to get first contact on the ball and he's done really well to get the penalty. Max's momentum has taken him through the player. "We lose the second and then thought we came into the game a wee bit. I thought the substitutions helped us massively and brought a wee bit more impetus. We hit the bar and the post. "Fair play to Jaze for getting into the right position, but he's got to score. If that goes in it's a different game of football. "I'm kind of happy with the performance, bar the goals obviously. We had enough chances to change the dynamic of the game but you can see why Rangers are on this run and why they've got so many clean sheets." Don't miss the latest news from the West Lothian Courier. Sign up to our free newsletter here https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/newsletter-preference-centre/
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