Livingston Preview

Last updated : 08 November 2004 By Firparkcorner

Will Skippy return?
It should not be said that we are blindly sticking our heads into the sand here. There have been problems with the side in recent weeks both with scoring goals and keeping them out at the other end. However, anyone who suggests that our total of one point from the last eighteen is a just haul, has very harsh standards indeed. We should have taken two more from Inverness, a point from Celtic, a point from Hibs and, in terms of chances, at least one and possibly three from Kilmarnock. Those extra six points would still have us firmly in the hunt in the top six and there would be no questioning of where it has all gone wrong.

Instead, the performance of the players is coming under more intense scrutiny as the fans demand to know why we’re losing. Terry meanwhile, entirely reasonably, can only shrug his shoulders and ask what else he can do? This must be the hardest situation for a manager to be in – playing well but missing chances, having little back up and generally not being able to buy a single piece of good fortune.

So, will things continue on their current course tomorrow night? Well, on the bright side Livingston are fairly rotten so whilst treating them with respect, we have nothing to fear from them as such. We only scraped past them in our last visit to there with the odd goal in five but if it wasn’t for some calamitous defending we would have strolled it. Scott McDonald should be in line for a recall and it is likely he will come in for Alex Burns – who has been playing fairly well without producing much of an end product, a type of form which sums up his return to Fir Park.

It is unlikely that Terry would want to change much of the side of his own accord although David Partridge must be wondering whether Kinniburgh will edge him onto the bench and Jim Paterson might be forced to make way for Mark Fitzpatrick due to injury.

Surely it is about time we steal a win from somewhere? When this draw was made, we were supremely confident of victory – now it looks like it will be another edgy encounter which could go either way. It’s not clear who will win but it could be wise to invest on it going the distance after a 2-2 draw in ninety minutes.