Liam Buchanan believes David Hopkin has played a big part in his strong start to the season – but wishes the Livingston boss would stop substituting him when he’s on a hat-trick.
The experienced striker picked up the Ladbrokes League 1 Player of the Month for October after scoring four goals in four league games.
His impressive form helped Livi beat league rivals Brechin and Alloa to see them go top of the table.
But while Buchanan is delighted to earn a reward for coming up with some big goals, he admits it could have been better had Hopkin not denied him the chance to score a hat-trick this season.
The hitman has hit four doubles, but he’s failed to play the full 90 minutes in three of those games.
Speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes News, Buchanan said: “It’s great to be rewarded with anything.
“It’s been a good month for myself and the club, but, most importantly, the team has been doing well.
“It wouldn’t mean anything if we weren’t doing well.
“We’ve got through the cup competition and sitting top of the league.”
On his relationship with manager Hopkin – who also scooped the Ladbrokes League 1 Manager of the Month – Buchanan added: “It’s been great – and if he stops taking me off when I’m on two goals it’ll be even better.
“He’s one of the few managers that want to coach you as well so you’re always learning under him.
“He’s got bags of experience, the managers he’s played under, and you always learn from him.
“You’re never too old to be learning and I think this year he’s turned me into a better player so I can only keep going.”
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