It’s been a frustrating spell for Livingston, but manager Gary Holt says his side will not abandon his attacking philosophy.
Livi have had bother with injuries up front, with forwards Dolly Menga, Rafa De Vita and Lee Miller all struggling with injury. They have also found goals hard to come by, and although performance levels haven’t dropped, they have now lost the last three games by a singular goal.
With Chris Erskine expected to be the only available forward against Rangers, Holt has stated he won’t be swayed into changing the Lions’ style of play.
“You look at everything, you look at performance, you look at players and the areas we can improve,” he told BT Sport.
“It’s the fine lines of football at the moment, we are playing really well, having chances and losing 1-0. It’s that balance – do we try and keep winning the game or try and kill the game off and make it boring?
“But I believe if we keep trying doing things right, keep trying to win, we would buy into doing that rather than trying to shut up stop and make it a 0-0.”
Livi have to keep believing
The defeats shouldn’t worry Livingston fans. They are in no relegation trouble, and they haven’t lost too much ground on the teams above them. The performances have been there, it’s just the goals haven’t. It’s important though that Livi keep their heads up.
If they don’t and become downhearted with consecutive defeats, then real problems will start to creep up on them. Livingston rely on heart and spirit, and for the most part this season, they have had this in bucket loads. It’s one of the main reasons they are doing so well in the top flight.
If they lose this heart and determination to win, their season will come to a standstill. It’ll become a brutal watch for the Livi faithful, who are now accustomed to their side putting in all they have to win a match.
Fans shouldn’t be too worried about the results if the performance levels are kept the way they are. If the performances drop, however, the team’s character could soon fall into question.