Livingston boss John McGlynn is refusing to hit the panic button despite his side hovering just a point above bottom spot in the Championship.
The West Lothian outfit’s demise continued last weekend as Ian Murray’s Dumbarton came from behind to steal all three points and extend the home side’s run without a league victory to a harrowing eight games.
And Livi’s woes could deepen further should they succumb to defeat at Central Park tomorrow as a win for opponents Cowdenbeath would see the Fife club leapfrog McGlynn’s men and slide Livingston to the foot of the table.
However, the former Hearts and Raith Rovers manager maintains there is still enough quality within his squad to relieve the growing pressure.
“I don’t like being where we are – it’s as simple as that,” McGlynn admitted. “I’d much rather be at the higher end of the table, but it is what it is so you’ve just got to deal with it.
“We have been performing well, but we’ve just not been killing teams off. We’re losing too many soft goals and just haven’t been getting the breaks.
“Training has been excellent. The boys know that we’re playing well. It sounds so simple – as I’ve said many, many times before – but it’s about putting the ball in the back of the net.”
McGlynn appreciates the magnitude of tomorrow’s clash in Fife, but was rather coy when asked if it was his side’s most important match of the season to date.
He said: “It’s a typical question to come up. I was listening to Gordon Strachan on the radio last week who was asked a similar question and his response was ‘who knows?’ and it’s true. Cowdenbeath tomorrow is an extremely important game, but then our next match after that will become the most important game and so on. It’s difficult to say, but if we play the way we have been and cut out the silly errors at the back then I’m hopeful of picking up all three points.
“We certainly need to be a bit more resilient, that’s for sure. We haven’t won in the league away from home this season, so there’s no better time to start.”
The 2-1 defeat to Dumbarton last Saturday was more difficult to stomach for the Livi dressing room in wake of assistant referee Kylie McMullan’s blunder in flagging midfielder Keaghan Jacobs for offside after his deft finish just after the interval. Television replays confirmed that Jacobs had come from an onside position.
“It’s the second week we’ve been done by it,” McGlynn noted [alluding to Myles Hippolyte’s goal ruled out at Annan in the Scottish Cup on November 1]. Goals are so important and aren’t easy to come by, so to actually have them disallowed is hugely frustrating.
“They are game-changing moments because we should have been 2-0 up and I would have liked to have been in that situation. Might we have gone on to win three or four-nil? You’ll never know. I certainly think the second goal would have given us that wee bit of a cushion and make us relax that little more. At the time they [the officials] were adamant they were correct, so it’s not going to change anything where we’re suddenly going to get a goal back.
“It happened at Annan as well, so we could have been sitting here still in the Scottish Cup and have another three points on the board. There certainly could have been a different complexion to our situation. I’d like to think these sort of things even themselves out over the course of the season.
“It’s still very tight at the bottom, but it has to turn because we’re doing a lot of things right and we’re due a break.”