Livingston captain: Each game now a cup tie for us

Declan Gallagher says players need to focus every game
Declan Gallagher says players need to focus every game
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Livingston captain Declan Gallagher says the club will treat this weekend’s visit of Dumbarton as if it were a cup tie.

The Lions slipped to a disappointing defeat at home to bottom-of-the-table Alloa on Saturday, Robbie Crawford’s strike midway through the second half enough to give the Wasps just their second win of the Championship campaign.

Livi boss Mark Burchill was furious with the outcome as the Clackmannanshire outfit closed the gap on ninth-placed Livi to just three points.

But for Gallagher, who is captaining the side in place of the injured Darren Cole, the opportunity to put things right starts with Saturday’s crunch encounter against the Sons before a Boxing Day trip to tackle St Mirren.

“We can’t look back the way as we’ve got a massive game against Dumbarton now to focus on,” Gallagher, 24, said. “Every game is a cup tie for us being as low down the league as we are. We feel as if we should be higher but if we’re going to lose matches against the likes of Alloa then we need to take a look at ourselves.

“You have to look at every match in the Championship outwith Hibs and Rangers as a win. But the boys weren’t at it at all on Saturday and we were told that by the gaffer.

“Alloa are a good side. They have lost their manager and were beaten 5-0 last week [Scottish Cup against Dumbarton] so maybe some our team took the game too easy. It was a mistake by ourselves that led to their goal so the boys should know better.”

Asked to put his finger on why the feels he club are so inconsistent this term, Gallagher said: “I really don’t know to be honest. It’s a team game and we have been playing well lately but we’ve maybe just not had that rub of the green and managed to finish teams off. I think back to the times when we do get an early goal, like when we beat Raith Rovers 3-0 recently, then we generally tend to go on and get the win. We have to learn to change that.”