Livingston midfielder Keaghan Jacobs says the club will find it difficult to lift themselves out of trouble unless they quickly learn how to kill teams off.
The Lions dropped into the relegation play-off zone and are now just a point off the foot of the Championship after Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to fellow strugglers Dumbarton in West Lothian.
Livi were on track to register their first win in the league since September after Danny Mullen’s first-half opener had them in front at the interval.
However, Garry Fleming equalised just after the hour mark for the visitors and worse was to follow for the home side just eight minutes later when Mitch Megginson’s effort found the far corner to give Ian Murray’s side a precious three points.
But for 25-year-old Jacobs, it’s the manner in which he and his team-mates are struggling to put matches to bed that is now causing some concern.
“I don’t think our heads went down after conceding but it’s obviously disheartening to lose a goal so cheaply,” Jacobs said in reference to Dumbarton’s equaliser at the weekend. “But with the characters we have in the team, I would like to think we are mentally strong enough to still be able to go on and win the game. We need to start holding onto our leads and even see out the game 1-0 if needs be.
“It was very disappointing to lose on Saturday. I thought we controlled the first half but came under pressure in the second and gave away two slack goals.”
Jacobs himself thought he had given Livi a two-goal cushion after finishing off a fine move involving team-mate Myles Hippolyte, only to see his joy turn to despair after assistant referee Kylie McMullan had raised her flag for offside – a decision, that television replays show as being incorrect.
However, ahead of this weekend’s bottom-of-the-table clash with Jimmy Nicholl’s Cowdenbeath, Jacobs isn’t keen to mull over what might have been.
“I thought I was onside by a mile – so of course it was a disappointing decision. But you can’t blame things like that.
“We’ve got to get back on the training ground and work on our weaknesses to try and rectify them.
“We’ve just got to just take each game as they come. Every match is big for us at this moment in time and every point will count,” the midfielder added.