Livingston striker Jordan White believes he can thrive under the tutelage of recently- appointed manager Mark Burchill.
Although sad to see former boss John McGlynn leave following a barren spell that was compounded by the club’s five-point deduction for defaulting on tax payments, the 22-year-old frontman is confident the right man has been tasked with preserving the club’s second-tier status. Livi’s recent troubles have resulted in the club falling to the foot of the Championship and seven points from safety, but the former Stirling Albion asset – Livi’s top goalscorer this season with seven – is confident he can enhance his own attributes under new mentor Burchill – and help save the Lions.
“The gaffer’s played at the top level in his own career so I’m learning off him every day,” White told the Evening News. “He’ll talk to you and tell you what you can improve on so that’s a great help. As a striker, if I can take on board what he’s saying then I can definitely go further. He played for Celtic, clubs down south and at international level as well so you’ve got to respect what he’s done.
“He was a really good player in his time and still is as he’s played a few times this season. He knows the game in and out and he’s very enthusiastic. But I will always be grateful to John for giving me my chance and wouldn’t have a bad word to say about him.”
The festive period was not so jolly for Livingston who were unable to close the gap on nearest rivals Alloa after suffering three defeats on the bounce to Rangers, Hearts and Queen of the South. But, as White rightly pointed out, he and his team-mates felt that on each occasion they created enough chances in front of goal to warrant at least a point against three of the league’s top four.
“Our last three games were extremely frustrating not to take anything,” White explained. “I think the performances were there, we just needed to be more clinical because we certainly had the opportunities, myself included. We went into all three thinking we could take something but at the end of the day we never put any points on the board so it’s going to be a big month ahead for us.”
Burchill’s men face arguably their biggest match of the season so far tomorrow at the Energy Assets Arena when Cowdenbeath, seven points clear of Livi in eighth, make the trip from Fife.
Reducing the gap to four on the Blue Brazil before next weekend’s equally as important clash with Alloa, again at home, would restore some confidence to the West Lothian faithful that avoiding the drop might just be within their grasp.
White said: “We’re just looking at one game at a time so we want to get a victory tomorrow against Cowdenbeath. It would definitely make it a lot harder where we to take nothing from either of our next two matches, there’s no disputing that. But Cowdenbeath have actually been playing some really good football and have been unlucky in some games themselves, so they probably feel they shouldn’t be as far down the table as they are.
“But we’re not really concerned about the teams above us at this moment in time. Once we start climbing the table then we can look to the teams like Dumbarton and Raith Rovers. We’ve been beaten twice by Dumbarton this season already but I don’t think they are a better team than us. But it’s a results business and that’s what matters.”
After a prolific start to the season that saw White net five goals in as many games, a tally that elevated him to the top of the league’s goalscoring charts, a wretched spell then ensued for the striker and he failed to score in his next nine league appearances before breaking the trend in the 5-1 rout of Raith Rovers at the beginning of last month.
He was also on target in last week’s 3-1 reversal in Dumfries and maintains he is not short of belief in his abilities.
“My confidence never went – I just wasn’t getting as many chances as I was earlier in the season. I don’t feel pressure as I’m only two goals off the top goalscorers in the Championship so I’m doing okay. But there is that incentive to start scoring more given the position we are in, so there’s a lot to play for. Hopefully scoring two in the last month or so is a sign of things to come.”