Livingston striker Jordan White couldn’t have fared much better this past week in his new surroundings.
The former Stirling Albion frontman netted his first competitive goal at the Energy Assets Arena last Saturday in the 2-1 win over Cowdenbeath in the Championship before his brace on Wednesday night compounded Hearts to a heavy 4-1 defeat in the second round of the Petrofac Training Cup – again in front of his own supporters.
However, the 22-year-old is taking nothing for granted since his summer move from the Binos – three goals in his last two outings a decent return for a player who has also been on the books of Falkirk and Dunfermline.
White can, therefore, appreciate just how quickly things can change if the goals do indeed dry up. He said: “There’s boys out injured who have still to come back but that’s what you need as you don’t want to get complacent thinking that you’re going to be starting every week.
“Rob (Ogleby) will be back soon so at the end of the day, if I don’t play well then he’ll be in the team without a doubt. I want to keep the jersey for as long as I can but we’ve got some really good players ready to step in.
“Obviously the goal last weekend gave me a little bit of confidence. It’s just like any striker; you’re going to have games when you don’t score but that’s just football. If you keep getting into the positions then more often than not you’re going to score.”
A lot has been made in wake of Hearts’ midweek exit, head coach Robbie Neilson coming in for some criticism from sections of the Hearts support over his decision to field such an inexperience side. But White was in no mood to offer any sympathy to their pleas as he rightly pointed out he and his team-mates can only beat what is put out in front of them.
“Hearts had the game last Sunday against Hibs so maybe it was too close for some of them,” he said, “but to be honest, we were playing Hearts and no matter what players they’d put out, we were there to give them a game. I’m confident we would have done well against them if they’d had their full team out.
“I thought the boys were fantastic on Wednesday. I now know that I am always going to get chances to put them away. It’s a joy to play in this team.
“We’ve got to keep ourselves grounded though and just take one game at a time. We’ve beaten Hearts but Queen of the South will be a difficult game tomorrow. We’ve got to go there and put on a performance because there’s no point in beating Hearts and then getting complacent and losing there.”
The striker was prolific in the latter stages of last season for Albion, his goals a huge factor behind the club’s promotion to League One via the play-offs after a 3-2 victory over East Fife.
Understandably, manager John McGlynn was eager to acquire his services with White being one of nine recruited during the off-season.
And with a new-found partnership with Gary Glen beginning to blossom, White is confident the goals will continue to flow – if given the chance.
“I had the confidence from last season at Stirling Albion where I did really well,” White said. “The first one on Wednesday night was more instinct than anything, but Kyle’s [Jacobs] has done really well and put the second on a plate for me.
“I’ll look to go again tomorrow. You want to score all the time and as you start scoring more, the confidence increases and you start having more attempts.
“I find it easier here because you are playing around better players. I think I’ve settled in really well and I’m enjoying it. There’s three of the biggest teams in Scotland in this league so it’s really exciting times.
“Queen of the South are a good outfit as they’ve started the season really well, but we’re doing well ourselves so we will be going there for the win.”
Both Glen and winger Danny Mullen will be assessed ahead of tomorrow’s clash in Dumfries after the duo suffered knocks in Wednesday night’s win over Hearts – Glen in particular being forced off during the first half after suffering a blow to the head in the build-up to White’s opener.
• LIVINGSTON will play Peterhead away in the Petrofac Training Cup quarter-final on Saturday, September 6.