Livingston striker Jordan White was left pinching himself after his hat-trick against Alloa in September elevated him to the summit of the Championship’s goalscoring charts with five in as many appearances.
However, that crushing 4-0 defeat of the Wasps was not only the last time Livi tasted victory in the league, it also represents a ghastly nine-week goal drought for the West Lothian outfit’s leading marksman.
The former Stirling Albion employee, enticed to the Energy Assets Arena by Lions’ boss John McGlynn in the summer, hit the ground running with further efforts against Queen of the South and Cowdenbeath, not to mention a brace in the 4-1 victory over Hearts en route to sealing their place in April’s Petrofac Training Cup final.
As McGlynn’s men prepare to welcome eighth-placed Dumbarton to West Lothian tomorrow for their basement battle clash, White remains unperturbed by his lack of goalscoring activity.
“The goals will come again,” the 22-year-old stressed. “It’s not something I worry about. We’ve not won in a while either and that’s something we need to try and do. I was top goalscorer in the league a few months back and I’m still not that far off the top despite not scoring these past few months, so I can’t be doing that bad, can I?
“I don’t think I’ve been getting as many chances as I was at the start of the season, but that’s football. I’d rather be there to miss them than not at all.
“It happens with a lot of strikers. I was watching Sportscene last weekend and they were talking about Billy McKay [Inverness’ striker], who hadn’t scored since the first day of the season, and then he got two just there against Hamilton. It doesn’t make him a bad player as he’s one of the top strikers in Scotland just now.
“You always need other players to help chip in with the goals. I think at the start of the season we had that, but it bothers me more with the fact we’re not winning.”
Last weekend’s narrow loss in Clackmannanshire was a bitter pill to swallow for White and his team-mates given the opportunities that came the striker’s way – a result that relegated McGlynn’s side to second bottom in the table and just a point ahead of next weekend’s opponents Cowdenbeath.
“I think we’ve been a wee bit unlucky at times to be honest,” White explained.
“We definitely didn’t deserve to lose to Alloa last Saturday, but that’s what happens when you’re on a bad run that nothing really goes for you. Hopefully, the tide will turn.
“When things aren’t going your way you’ve got to realise what you haven’t done right, but going back to the Alloa game, it was clear that we actually played really well and I did have a couple of chances I should have done better with.
“But it’s a long season. The league isn’t determined by just 12 games. We’re only a third of the way through the campaign where we’ve played everybody now and we know what each team has to offer – but I believe we’ll start climbing the table.”
White stresses a really good bond remains intact within the home dressing-room despite this barren spell that has seen the club pick up just two points from their last seven league outings, and believes the management team of McGlynn and assistant Mark Burchill have played big roles in retaining such belief.
“They [McGlynn and Burchill] have been telling us to keep our heads up and it [the win] will come. They’ve been great as they work really hard, so it isn’t the case that mood is really low around the place.
“Everybody gets on with each other well, so we’re all there to get through it. It will come together. We’ve still got a cup final to look forward to but, first and foremost, we’ve got to take care of Dumbarton tomorrow. It’s a huge game, but we’re not even thinking about Cowdenbeath.”