Livingston have to beat Falkirk, insists Fordyce

Callum Fordyce feels Livingston aren't performing to their true potential. Pic: Ian Georgeson
Callum Fordyce feels Livingston aren't performing to their true potential. Pic: Ian Georgeson
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Livingston defender Callum Fordyce has labelled tonight’s clash with Falkirk as a “must win” as the Lions aim to move off the bottom of the Championship.

Saturday’s 4-0 defeat at home to Hibs has left John McGlynn’s side joint-bottom with Alloa and without a league win since September 13 – their last victory coming against their nearest rivals.

However, three points at the Falkirk Stadium tonight would lift Livi as high as sixth and above their opponents on goal difference.

The Bairns were also soundly beaten by Queen of the South at the weekend and are struggling for form themselves.

But 22-year-old Fordyce, pictured, is taking nothing for granted and believes it is imperative his side pick up maximum points this evening if they are to avoid becoming embroiled in a relegation scrap.

“It’s a must-win,” Fordyce said, “but I think every game is a must win. No matter what game you’re going into, you’re always looking to pick up the three points. But this is a big game for us as it’s our game in hand so we’ve got to go there and try and get a result.

“Everybody knows what we are capable of. We were causing teams a lot of problems at the start of the season, but we’ve now hit a dipping point. We need to get the confidence back in ourselves because we’re at the bottom of the table, although I think we’re too good to be down there.”

Fordyce admitted that against Hibs, Livingston were yet again a shadow of the team which has secured its spot in this season’s Petrofac Training Cup final. But the defender refutes suggestions that one eye is already on April’s showpiece clash.

“It’s always hard to take getting beaten, especially at home,” he said. “But credit to Hibs – they did what they needed to do. We never performed so we need to bounce back, dust ourselves down and go again tonight. It’s a massive game.

“Last week’s win [against Stranraer] was put to bed straight after the game. We said our congratulations in the changing rooms and left it at that. Our main focus is the league and picking up as many points as we can. The cup 
final isn’t until April so we’ve got that to look forward to later.”