Game On!

By ed_ScottishFitba
Last updated : 22 January 2018
C:WindowsTempphp29D2.tmpFalkirk take on Livingston on Tuesday night following the postponement of the Scottish Cup fourth round tie scheduled for last Saturday.  Both sides know what a win tomorrow will deliver; a fifth round tie against either Formartine United or Cove Rangers. The Highland League sides cup meeting was postponed from Friday night with the pitch at North Lodge Park deemed unplayable and will try again on Wednesday 31 January. Falkirk could give new signings Alex Jakubiak and Ryan Blair their debuts tomorrow, but manager, Paul Hartley was not about to give any clues to the opposition just yet.

He said: "
Livingston are a team that have done really well this year, David has done an excellent job. They have a way in which they play, they are really strong and are up there in the league on merit. This is a cup game though and one that we want to try and win. We want to try and get a cup run, the club had that a couple of years ago in getting to the final. We know it is a tough game though, away from home against a team that are in our division. Livingston are a team that we know fairly well, we know their strengthens and how they like to play. We want to get through though. When you are in the cup you’ve just got to try and beat whoever is in front of you. We’ve been drawn against Livingston and we’ve got to try and beat them. They aren’t anything new to us, we play them again in a few weeks time, but equally they will probably know a little bit about us. We’ve changed a bit since the last time we played them so we’ll be going there to try and get a positive result. I feel that the performance levels have been good over the last few weeks, I am seeing signs that we are getting there. We are creating chances and scoring goals now which is the main thing, we seem to have that cutting edge now. We’ll go there in a good frame of mind."

Of course; Hartley know all about playing in the Scottish Cup so can understand the players ambitions to do well in the competition. He went on: "
The Scottish Cup is special, it was special for me as a player and as a manager you want to try and do well in it. I’ve had success in it, getting your hands on the trophy is brilliant, but as a club we want to get a cup run. Sometimes you have to get lucky in the cup.  The only concern ahead of the match is Myles Hippolyte, he pulled up in training last week so he might be out for a couple of weeks. We will assess him again ahead of the match though." 
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