DARREN JAMIESON wants to repay the faith shown in him by Livingston manager John McGlynn – by putting in another top performance against Cowdenbeath tomorrow.
The young goalkeeper saw himself dropped to the bench by former coach Richie Burke after starting the season as No. 1. But an injury to Kevin Walker meant he retook his place in the 2-1 win at Dumbarton last week in McGlynn’s second match in charge – and then in Wednesday’s League Cup defeat to Motherwell.
Jamieson said: “It’s kind of been an up and down season so far. Obviously the old manager’s decided I didn’t play well enough in the first five games, but I’ve got myself a wee bit of a chance now that Kevin [Walker] has got injured.
“I’m back in the team to prove I can do a job for them. To be honest it’s been really good for me at this club. Every year I’ve been getting better and progressed.
“I think I’ve gone from fourth choice, to third choice, second choice and then into challenging for that No. 1 spot just now. I can’t really complain. At 22 I’m playing regularly and that’s something I can’t really ask for more on.”
Wednesday’s result in particular will give Jamieson heart after he pulled off several impressive saves to keep out James McFadden, John Sutton and the like.
He’s hoping the Lions can take that confidence into their match against Cowden.
“It was a good experience if nothing else,” he said. “It’s also one of the biggest crowds I’ve played in front of.
“We’re gutted with the result as well. We’ve had a couple of chances we’ve put wide and on another day Marc [McNulty]’s put a couple in the net. On another day too Jason [Talbot] doesn’t get sent off and that definitely helps us. “I think if we’d scored at 1-0 we could have gone on from there.
“With higher level players you can’t do much. To be honest, I thought our defenders did really well against them. They have guys like McFadden who can produce something from nothing.
“I thought in the end we were a bit unlucky.”