Livi’s Liam Buchanan will help out his defenders

Liam Buchanan celebrates after pulling Livingston level on Tuesday. He will aim to score there again
Liam Buchanan celebrates after pulling Livingston level on Tuesday. He will aim to score there again
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Liam Buchanan accepts his responsibility is to provide the ammunition in front of goal for Livingston this season.

That said, with the Lions having conceded six goals in their opening three league defeats, the former Partick Thistle striker acknowledges he also has a role to play in helping shore up his side’s defence.

The 30-year-old was recruited from Championship rivals Alloa in the summer and scored his first goal for his new club in Tuesday night’s 3-2 victory over St Mirren in the second round of the League Cup.

But despite an unblemished record in the Petrofac Training and League Cups so far this term, Livi are yet to taste victory in the Championship this season.

Ahead of their return to St Mirren Park tomorrow on league business, Buchanan said: “We’ve been looking at the goals we have conceded in the league and there are a lot of things we can do to prevent them happening so we’re working hard on that.

“And that goes for everyone in the team from the guys at the back to the ones further forward. We win as a team and lose as a team.

“We are still a new side so sometimes it just takes that wee bit longer for everyone to bed in. We have started the league slow but the cup competitions have been good to us so far.”

Buchanan was pleased to get off the mark for Mark Burchill’s men, finishing off a fine move involving team-mates Danny Mullen and Scott Pittman to put the Lions back on level terms.

“It was nice to score,” Buchanan said. “It was my first competitive goal for Livingston so that’s me hopefully up and running. It’s a hard place to go so under the circumstances of our form in the league, it was great we managed to dig out a result.

“I’ve been close a couple of times in games so far this season and other times it’s just not happened for me. But now the first one is in, I can kick on from here. We’ve not created as nearly enough chances in the league but I think we showed on Tuesday night how well we can play when the ball is on the deck. But we now need to be building on wins now.”

Mullen is suspended for tomorrow’s return trip to Paisley after his red card in Tuesday’s League Cup clash.