Livingston can’t afford to chuck points, says midfielder

Livingston's Mark Fotheringham, left, knows his team have little margin for error

Livingston's Mark Fotheringham, left, knows his team have little margin for error

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Livingston midfielder Mark Fotheringham admits he and his team-mates can’t keep making excuses for the position the club is in.

The Lions remain in the Championship relegation play-off zone with Dumbarton, who have a game in hand, still two points better off in eighth.

And, with time fast running out for the West Lothian outfit with just four matches remaining, Fotheringham accepts they cannot afford to let any chances that come their way slip by.

Livi came so close to taking at least a point from Tuesday night’s match with Hibs, Jordan White’s first-half strike looked like giving David Hopkin’s men victory only for Anthony Stokes and the Martin Boyle to turn the game on it’s head with 15 minutes remaining.

That led Fotheringham, the former Celtic and Dundee midfielder, who is preparing for tomorrow’s trip to face Morton, into revealing a few home truths.

“I don’t believe in taking positives from a game where we’ve been beaten. I just don’t buy it,” the 32-year-old said.

“I don’t care who we’re playing against we should be winning these games, whether it’s Hibs or whoever.

“With 15 minutes to go we shouldn’t end up losing from being in a winning position. We’ve proven that already against Falkirk that we can compete with whoever.

“We genuinely believed we could have beaten Hibs on Tuesday night. But we’ve got to take that momentum into tomorrow’s game with Morton.

“I’m really disappointed as we’re trying to set a different standard to what’s been at the club before. There is a better quality of player here now so the manager expects more.

“We’ve got to deal with that pressure that it brings.

“I love that pressure and you’ve got to go out and express yourself. That’s why we’re all footballers.”

He continued: “We’ve made sure we’re not going down automatically but we believe we shouldn’t even be in the position we are. But you can’t keep saying that, the results are what they are.

“The results were abysmal earlier in the season and it was embarrassing. But the form lately has been really good and the performances are there as well.

“The gaffer and Davie Martindale are working their socks off so there’s no coincidence we’ve been getting the results lately but we need more.”