BY IAIN COLLIN – @CCP_sport
BEN Gordon would take no pleasure from relegating old club Alloa Athletic this afternoon – but insists he is fully focused on doing everything he can to ensure Livingston beat the drop.
A win for Livi will finally condemn Alloa – who are already 13 points adrift at the bottom of the table – to life in League One next term.
The three points would also haul the Lions above third-bottom Dumbarton and out of the dreaded play-off spot if the Sons fail to defeat Morton.
Gordon joined Livi last summer after four years with Alloa where he played a huge role in back-to-back promotions and then two successful battles to stay in the division.
But the 30-year-old now has enough to worry about at Almondvale as the season reaches a dramatic climax.
He told Capital City Press: “I played Alloa earlier in the season and got over the initial feeling of playing a former club, so it’s all about Livingston and just trying to get the three points for us.
“Of course, I won’t take any delight in seeing Alloa relegated if that’s how it pans out.
“But it’s just about going out there and playing against the team we’re up against, to try and get the three points for the team I’m playing for. It’s as simple as that.
“We don’t just want to see it out to the end of the season and then have the play-offs. The ideal is to get out of the play-offs.
“We believe we’re good enough to do that but we need to make sure that happens.”
A surprise 2-1 victory over Falkirk last weekend allowed Livi to pull themselves to within two points of Dumbarton and Gordon admits it has also given them heart for the run-in.
He added: “At this stage, teams tend to pick up points when you don’t expect them to and drop points when you don’t expect them to.
“It’s always unpredictable and it’s adds more drama to it.
“We take great confidence from winning last weekend but we have to make sure the confidence doesn’t turn into complacency – I don’t think it will.”