Burchill’s anger will fire up Livingston

Mark Burchill was angry after watching his team allow Alloa to claim three points

Mark Burchill was angry after watching his team allow Alloa to claim three points

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Scott Pittman says the wrath of Livingston manager Mark Burchill in the wake of last weekend’s home defeat by Alloa has fired the squad up for tomorrow’s visit of Dumbarton.

The midfielder admitted it was the most animated he had seen his manager since joining the club from Junior outfit Bo’ness United last January.

Robbie Crawford’s solo effort midway through the second half was enough to give the Championship’s bottom side all three points and close the gap on ninth-placed Livi to just three points.

However, Pittman believes the severe dressing down from Burchill has provided the perfect ammunition ahead of tomorrow’s clash with Stephen Aitken’s in-form outfit.

“It probably was the angriest we’ve seen him because the performance levels simply weren’t good enough,” Pittman, 23, explained. “He was really disappointed with us and he let us know.

“But we’re not looking for any excuses. It was a massive game for us and we came up short. It was an individual error for the goal but these things happen. That said, take nothing away from what happened, we deserved to get beat.

“It was certainly the worst I’ve played this season but I don’t think any of our guys were up to scratch. You struggle when two or three players in the side don’t perform so when it’s the whole team it makes it so much harder.”

Pittman says last weekend’s setback was all the more disappointing given the Lions’ performances of late – a 1-1 draw with league leaders Rangers was followed up with a comprehensive win at Peterhead in the Scottish Cup.

“We’d built up a wee bit of confidence but that result has brought us right back down to earth,” he said. “But we’ve got another big game tomorrow so we need to put it right.

“We spoke a lot about the Alloa game on Monday morning and have now put that one to bed. We don’t want to be dragged into another relegation battle this year come the end of the season so we need to start picking up points again.”

Pittman is fast approaching the anniversary of his first year in senior football and says he is relishing every second.

“I’ve really enjoyed stepping up to full-time football. It was great last season staying up and winning the Petrofac Training Cup but I need to kick on and improve from last year. And that starts with a win against Dumbarton tomorrow.”