Martindale confident he'll lead Livi out of 'frustrating rut'

David Martindale is refusing to panic over Livingston’s poor start to the season, insisting he has steered them out of “bigger ruts”.

Livi have suffered four straight defeats, failing to score in the last three, and are second bottom of the Premiership with just 10 points from 12 games.

"There's no denying we're in a wee bit of a rut right now, and it's frustrating, but that's all it is," Martindale said.

"If you go over previous seasons, you'll probably find that there's been bigger ruts than what we're going through at this point in time that we've managed to come out of.

"A couple of seasons ago we had frustrating form at the start of the season and had just 13 points from 16 games. We were in a bad rut but we missed out on the top six on matchday 33 with the last kick of the ball.

"For teams at our level, the most difficult thing to find is consistency. We will find it at some stage during the season but when we'll find it is difficult because there are a lot of variables that can affect the outcome of a game."

Livingston face a tough test as they bid to stop the rot, with their next two matches at home to Rangers on Sunday and then away to in-form St Mirren the following weekend.

"I'm under no illusions about how hard the next two games are going to be," Martindale added.

"We're playing second and third so that shows you how big the task ahead is."