Marc McNULTY admits the Livingston team were gutted to lose out at Berwick last Saturday – but the striker says they’re desperate to put it right at Elgin City tomorrow.
The Ramsdens Cup first round defeat has been quickly followed by this weekend’s League Cup tie and McNulty reckons the games are ideal at setting the team up for the Championship campaign ahead.
He said: “We were really disappointed with Saturday at Berwick. It was even more frustrating because we created plenty chances but just couldn’t take them.
“It’s not like we didn’t create anything, although we know it wasn’t a good performance.
“Sometimes some players might find the transition from playing friendly games to competitive games tricky, but we need to be ready.
“These cup ties will hopefully mean we’re geared up for the league campaign too.
“The cups are important for the club as well.”
Richie Burke’s side make the journey north for the fourth time in recent seasons - after two league meetings in the old Division Three and another cup encounter in 2010/11.
But McNulty knows there are plenty new faces in the line up this time round.
He said: “We’re looking forward to Saturday.
“It’ll be a tough trip up there and most of the guys we had who’ve played up there before have moved on, but we’re looking forward to trying to go out and get the win.
“We’re getting used to playing together as a side.”
The youngster recently signed a new contract with the Lions to extend his stay in West Lothian – a move he was relieved to see completed.
“In the end everything took a little longer to sort out than we all thought I think,” said McNulty. “I’m delighted to be signed up and can concentrate on scoring goals for Livi.”
After a fifth and fourth places finish in the then-First Division in the last two years, the Lions are now hunting success in their first Championship season – with new Premiership promotion play-offs for the second to fourth places sides.
McNulty says they’re not putting any limit on where they might end up.
He added: “We’re looking forward to the season, but rather than put a place on it we’re just going to aim for as high up the table as we possibly can.”