Livingston manager John McGlynn has urged his players to start converting their chances an alleviate some of the pressure on striker Jordan White, who is the Championship’s leading marksman.
The former Stirling Albion frontman, 22, has taken to life at the Energy Assets Arena by storm netting five in six league encounters this season, not to mention a hat-trick in last weekend’s 4-0 thrashing of Alloa.
However, the Lions lost their 100 per cent home record on Saturday as McGlynn’s former employers Raith Rovers earned a smash-and-grab victory courtesy of former Livi and Hibs midfielder Martin Scott’s first-half strike.
White himself, Kyle Jacobs and Burton O’Brien all went close for the hosts in the opening half but were unable to turn their superiority into goals – an all too similar trait of the second 45, much to McGlynn’s dismay.
Former Hearts striker Gary Glen has also so far failed to find the net since his summer move from Ross County, but his manager isn’t overly concerned by that statistic.
“We don’t want to put the onus all on Jordan, that’s for sure,” McGlynn stressed. “It’s nice he’s scored so many so early in the season which will have helped his confidence. But I don’t want it to be like last year where if Marc McNulty didn’t score then we didn’t. I don’t want that situation so I want the others to join in.
“He (Gary) just needs a goal. His actual play is very good and everyone can see he is a very good football player. He’s got great feet and turn of pace so it will come. I’m not worried who scores the goals as long as we get them.”
Scott was an ever present of the Livi side last season but made the switch to Kirkcaldy in June – his celebration a sight to behold as he ran straight to manager Grant Murray in the away dugout after giving the visitors the lead in the 18th minute with an astute finish.
It was a clever move from Rovers as Calum Elliot charged down the left side at pace before his cross was cleverly laid into the path of Scott by Ryan Conroy, and the midfielder prodded the ball beyond Darren Jamieson from 14 yards with the outside of his right foot.
“We talk about it all the time the thin margins in this league,” McGlynn said. “Raith got their goal when they were on top but after that we took over. We looked threatening and dominated the second half but just couldn’t get a goal.
“On the flip side because we were pushing, Raith had a couple of chances in the second half and Darren Jamieson had a great save from the penalty kick. I couldn’t ask any more from the players for their commitment and effort as they really gave it their all. I certainly think we deserved to take something from the game.”
Jamieson was certainly in inspired form as he pulled off an acrobatic save to deny Elliot from 12 yards 15 minutes after the restart.
Referee Bobby Madden’s decision to award a penalty arose after Craig Sives was adjudged to have pulled back Christian Nade who took a tumble in the area, but Elliot couldn’t capitalise as the Livi No.1 got a strong hand to keep the spot-kick out.
Substitutes Mark Burchill and Myles Hippolyte both tested Ross Laidlaw in the visitors’ goal late on but to no avail with Jamieson again playing his part by stopping Mark Stewart when through on goal in the final minute.
McGlynn must now dust down his players as a trip to Aberdeen tomorrow night in the League Cup third round awaits – a tie he believes his side can cause problems for their Premiership opponents.
He added: “There’s no pressure on us but we’ll need to be at it. We’ll respect Aberdeen as they are a very good side but we’re looking to cause an upset. We can play and if we are allowed to play then we’ll cause them problems.”
Livingston: Jamieson, Sives, Talbot, Fordyce, Kyle Jacobs, Keaghan Jacobs, O’Brien, Robertson (Burchill 71), McKenna (Hippolyte 56), White, Glen (Ogleby 80). Subs: Paul, Beaumont, Mullen, Rutherford.
Raith Rovers: Laidlaw, Thomson, Watson, Fox, Moon (McKay 61), Elliot (Stewart 74), Scott, Conroy, McKewon, Ellis, Nade (Callachan 90). Subs: McGurn, Anderson, Vaughan, Bates.
Referee: Bobby Madden.