BY DARREN JOHNSTONE – Capital City Press
Queen of the South midfielder Kyle Jacobs is hoping a frank dressing room discussion among the squad will be the trigger that leads to the Doonhamers clinching a play-off place.
The get-together was prompted by a seven-game winless run that saw James Fowlers’ side drift out of the Championship top four.
The heart-to-heart appeared to have the desired effect after Queens beat Morton a fortnight ago before putting up a brave fight in an agonising 2-1 loss to Rangers that was decided by an injury-time Martyn Waghorn strike.
Jacobs, a summer arrival from today’s opponents Livingston, admits the players had become concerned by their barren patch.
He said: “We actually said before the Morton game that we needed to start picking up results, we had a wee talk between ourselves.
“If we can get back to winning ways against Livingston I’ll be happy.
“It was a disappointing ending to the Rangers match after playing well and frustrating them but we can take a lot of positives from that game.
“We had a good start to the season and we’re still not far off the play-offs.
“I actually think we’re better than some teams in the play-offs. Raith beat us 1-0 but I thought we were the better side.
“Everyone in the squad believes we can get to the play-offs again.”
Jacobs, who can also play in defence, will come up against a lot of familiar faces this afternoon after spending six years with the Lions over two spells.
He added: “I’ve still got a lot of friends at Livingston although they’re not friends on a Saturday afternoon when you come up against them.
“There’s Jordan White and Declan Gallagher that I speak to and I’ve known Darren Jamieson since I was young.
“I speak to a few of them and ask how they’re getting on, although we obviously don’t give away any tactics.”