Livingston captain Darren Cole says there is a massive sense of relief at the club after the Lions picked up their first win in the Championship last weekend.
Six defeats in seven prior to last Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Alloa had left Livi propping up the table having amassed just a single point courtesy of last month’s 1-1 stalemate at St Mirren Park.
However, a goal from striker Jordyn Sheerin, sandwiched between a Liam Buchanan brace at the Indodrill Stadium, gave Mark Burchill’s men a well-deserved three points and a win that saw Livi leapfrog Alloa into ninth place in the Championship on goal difference.
Cole, who was awarded the captaincy this season following Jason Talbot’s summer switch to Dunfermline, says the players have now given themselves a platfrom to build on starting with tomorrow’s trip to Dumbarton.
“Now that we’ve got our first win, we need to try and keep that momentum going,” Cole told the Evening News. “Losing nearly every league game up until last week was hard because we were going into the cup games in midweek and winning so we were like ‘what’s happening to us’?
“We’ve been doing well, creating lots of chances but just haven’t been able to take them.
“But in the Alloa match we finally took them and never conceded. In the Championship as soon as you go a goal down it can be difficult to come back. Usually every time you score first you go on and end up winning.
“But we had been conceding far too early in previous games and that was proving our downfall. It always seemed to be mistakes as well that were costing us. I’m not going to pick anyone out but that’s what happened.”
Cole admits he has so far enjoyed the added pressures of being club captain this year, a role he hadn’t envisaged taking on when he signed a new contract in June.
However, despite only being 23 himself, the former Rangers youngster feels he has acquired the wisdom that can rub off on his team-mates.
“It’s been different being the captain this year,” Cole admitted. “I try and help the players out as much as I can but I’m still young myself. But whatever I can do then I’ll do all I can to help them. The gaffer gave me the captain’s armband in pre-season and then told me I’d be keeping it this season which has been a real boost for myself.
“We’ve got a good side, we want to get the ball down and pass it and we’ve done that nearly every match this season.
“I think we’ve been more positive in training this week after getting that win and we all feel that bit more relaxed so hopefully we can get another win tomorrow against Dumbarton.
“But we know they are a good side with them getting a lot of new players in as well as a new manager, but we’re definitely good enough to take the three points. That’s what we’re going there for.”
Another three points tomorrow coupled with St Mirren’s failure to beat Alloa could push Livi up to seventh – a prospect that Cole says he couldn’t have imagined given the club’s failure to take maximum points from any of their opening seven matches.
“If you look at the table just a couple of weeks ago and we were sitting bottom with virtually nothing at all so if we were to go seventh tomorrow would be a huge bonus,” he said. “I think the league has got stronger this season with who teams have managed to bring in over the summer.
“But I personally don’t think there’s that big a difference between the Championship and the Premiership apart from maybe Celtic and Aberdeen. Rangers are of course very strong in our division and coming up against them already this season you can see that. But Hibs have also brought in a lot of good players so it’s been good to test ourselves.”
Livingston have a two-week break upon the conclusion of tomorrow’s match with the SPFL announcing this week their Petrofac Training Cup quarter-final clash with Rangers scheduled for next Friday has been postponed until Tuesday, October 20. The Ibrox club requested a rescheduling due to a number of players being called up for international duty next weekend.
Cole, however, is keen to keep the games coming thick and fast.
“The more games we get under our belts, the better we are going to be,” he said. “Everyone wants to play at Ibrox as it’s the best place to go and play so it’s disappointing.
“But we’ll look forward to that match when it comes around in a couple of weeks. We’ve just got to concentrate on Dumbarton first tomorrow and getting another three points on the board.”