Livingston manager John McGlynn felt the wrath of the club’s supporters as a 1-0 defeat at Cowdenbeath sent his team bottom of the Championship.
The Lions have failed to put a win on the board since mid-September and have taken just two points from a possible 27 since a 4-0 rout of Alloa some ten weeks ago.
McGlynn and his players came in for a barrage of criticism as they headed for the dressing-room at full-time as the loss at Central Park put them two points adrift of their hosts at the foot of the table. Afterwards, the former Hearts boss insisted he is just as frustrated as the paying customers.
“I’m not happy with the situation there’s no doubt about that,” he said as he cut a dejected figure. “No-one Livingston minded wants to see their team at the bottom of the table and I’m the exact same so I can understand their [the fans’] grievances.
“The transfer embargo came into place when we were going quite well and we were happy with the squad we had. But at this time, you would normally like to bring in one or two fresh faces to give the place a lift and take some pressure off the other guys.
“There was nothing in the game. It was just another one of those days that have disappeared from us. We said at half-time it was going to be one wee break that’s going to win the game and obviously Cowdenbeath got that. Unfortunately it’s the same old story for us at the moment.
“We knew what we needed going into the game so it’s not nice being bottom of the table – it’s not where we wanted to be. It’s a massive blow to us. It was a chance to put a bit of a gap between ourselves and Cowdenbeath.”
The first half was a real torrid affair, the 542 fans inside Central Park being shown exactly why both these sides have been struggling of late.
Despite there being little rain prior to the match, the playing surface was far from ideal with both sets of players struggling to make any real impression.
The first attempt of any note arrived after 15 minutes from Gary Glen whose drive from distance went wide of Robbie Thomson’s left-hand post before the visitors really should have been punished when Sean Higgins knocked the ball over after a lapse at the heart of the Livi defence.
On-loan Rangers striker Callum Gallagher then nipped in behind Callum Fordyce as a rather stale opening half drew to a close, but Darren Jamieson got down well to block.
However, within a minute of the restart, a terrific delivery from Jon Robertson was volleyed just a fraction wide of Jamieson’s goal-frame.
But the visitors’ frailties were once again exposed soon after when Callum Gallagher stroked the ball beyond the Livi No.1 after a perfectly weighted pass from Kudas Oyenuga. McGlynn responded by unleashing both Jordan White and Michael McKenna and it was the former who should have done better when put through at an angle from David Robertson’s pass, but the former Stirling Albion frontman could only find the arms of Thomson.
McKenna’s first touch of the game almost resulted in an equaliser after a cross from the right, but Thomson was equal to the task and expertly tipped over. However, from Keaghan Jacobs’ resulting corner, Declan Gallagher was first to the ball as his towering header brought out another wonderful stop from Thomson. Jamieson played his part to prevent any further damage as his double stop from Jon Robertson and then Higgins gave the Lions a lifeline but, in the final minute, Kyle Jacobs couldn’t capitalise after a Rob Ogleby knock down as the younger of the Jacobs brothers was wildly off target with his first-time shot.
Cowdenbeath: Thomson, O’Brien (Scullion 86), Wedderburn, Robertson, Milne (Brownlie 71), Higgins (Johnstone 81), Gallagher, Oyenuga, Miller, Marshall, Fraser. Subs: Sneddon, Campbell, Kane, Hughes.
Livingston: Jamieson, Sives, Talbot, Fordyce, Kyle Jacobs, Keaghan Jacobs, Robertson (McKenna 66), Hippolyte (White 46), Gallagher, Glen (Ogleby 66), Mullen. Subs: Grant, Mensing, Beaumont, Rutherford.
Referee: Alan Muir.