BY ALAN TEMPLE – Capital City Press
Straight-talking Mark Burchill insists Livingston’s crucial clash with Alloa this weekend is already a “must win” game – just six weeks into the Championship season.
Livi are marooned at the foot of the table after picking up just one point from their seven league games and are currently on a run of four consecutive defeats.
Fellow basement boys Alloa are not faring much better following a vast turnover of players during the summer under boss Danny Lennon, sitting in ninth spot after racking up four points.
And Burchill is pulling no punches regarding the importance of Saturday’s encounter at the Indodrill Stadium as the Lions seek to go level on points with the Wasps in the battle to avoid the drop.
He said candidly: “It’s no use saying ‘we are playing well’ but losing matches. That is unacceptable, this is a results-driven business. We need to start winning matches.
“We have two massive games coming up against Alloa and Dumbarton, probably must-win matches for us, because we need to get points on the board and start climbing up this league.
“We have played well for large parts of games – but we are still losing. That’s how I look at it. We need the performances and the results.
“Alloa are three points ahead of us and, come five o’clock on Saturday, we need to be level on points with them, simple as that. We will be ready for this, believe me.”