Ibra Sekajja urges Livi team-mates to make it count

Ibra Sekajja has scored against both Hibs and Rangers recently
Ibra Sekajja has scored against both Hibs and Rangers recently
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Striker Ibra Sekajja insists his recent goalscoring exploits will count for nothing if Livingston fail to overcome Dumbarton at the Energy Assets Arena tomorrow.

The former Inverness Caley Thistle frontman netted late on in the defeat to Hibs last Wednesday, his first goal for the Lions since his arrival in January, and was again on target at Ibrox last weekend as Livi claimed a well-deserved but rather unexpected point in what was an industrious performance from Mark Burchill’s men.

And while the Ugandan-born player is relieved to have finally broken his duck since making the switch from the Highlands, the 22-year-old admits those recent efforts will be somewhat tarnished should the Championship’s bottom club fail to take all three points against Ian Murray’s visiting outfit.

“We have to make it count this weekend, there’s no two ways about it,” Sekajja told the Evening News. “Of course, it’s been great to score recently where I’ve been in the right position at the right time and the target is to score again tomorrow and build on what I’ve done in the previous two games. But at the end of the day, it’s all about getting the win – that’s the most important thing. The point against Rangers won’t mean as much if we don’t get the three points tomorrow.

“We are capable of doing it as our performances in the last two games have shown that. We’ve got two massive games coming up which could define our season.”

He’s not inaccurate in his estimations. Tomorrow’s encounter with the Sons is followed by the visit to Alloa where a defeat against the Wasps would leave Livi’s survival hopes hanging by a thread.

Without wanting to look too far ahead to next weekend’s crucial encounter at the Indodrill Stadium, Sekajja admits to have been feeling slightly deflated in wake of Alloa’s 2-2 draw with Rangers on Tuesday night.

“It was a bit of shock to be honest,” he said. “After the result we got against Rangers, we fully expected them to be up for it and ready to put in a performance in front of their own fans. But it’s not really going to distract us from what we’re trying to do.

“We were also bit disappointed we didn’t win the game against Rangers as we were the better side and probably should have taken all three points. The occasion really pumped us up so to play in front of over 35,000 was great.

“Their fans were beginning to moan from the stands and I think that played into our hands. Playing for a club like Rangers, the fans demand wins week in, week out. But we took a point and we’ll kick on from here.”

While Livi can rightly approch tomorrow’s clash with a degree of positivity, it was only last month they received huge plaudits for their back-to-back displays against champions-elect Hearts to then follow up such an appraisal with consecutive defeats to both Falkirk and Raith Rovers.

Agreeing that Livi have to be able to raise their game irrespective of the opposition, Sekajja says they must iron out those flaws against the so called weaker teams.

“It’s a bit of a weird one and difficult to explain,” he said. “No disrespect to the other clubs because they’re not as big as Hibs or Rangers, but we’ve let ourselves down in those matches against the smaller teams and that has to change.

“We thought we had a point against Hibs as to get a goal so late on and then lose was a real blow. It was a lack of concentration and that’s something we have to learn from.

“But we are full of confidence after last week and everyone can’t wait for the game tomorrow. We just need to make sure we go out and do our job.”

On the slight calf strain Sekajja picked up in his customary celebrations after his goalscoring heroics against Rangers, he added: “I felt something in my calf just before the celebration so it was nothing to do with the flips as I’ve been doing them my whole career whenever I’ve scored and that will continue!”