Gough "I was right to say Livi needed more quality"

Last updated : 14 May 2005 By Dov

And the Almondvale boss stands by his belief that Livi needed more quality to beat the drop.

When the Almondvale boss made his comments in February they were eight points adrift at the bottom of the SPL and the former Rangers star was on the brink of being axed by the club's new owner Pearse Flynn.

But now, following a fine run of form,Livi are 90 minutes away from safety and Gough said:'I don't regret what I said at the time.

'I was honest. I said Livi needed more quality in the team if we were to avoid relegation but we have picked up some quality players like Hassan Kachoul and results have taken a turn for the better.

'It's not just down to myself as the players have played really well. Results have been great the last couple of months

'When I came here in November we were in a difficult position and I think Vivian Kyles and Pearse said that our job was to avoid relegation and if we achieve that it will be a job well done.

'I was never going to walk and my main aim is to keep Livi in the SPL and if wedo that then myself,Pearse and Vivian will be very happy.'

Gough is urging his players to keep up the good work at Kilmarnock this afternoon.

He said: 'If we win this one we'll be safe. I've told the boys to be positive.

'A couple of months ago we were in desperate trouble but we've played well recently so if we can do that again with one last effort it will be some achievement.

'I hope the players don't relax.We have the opportunity to take care of business so hopefully we can do it.

'We've already beaten Killie 3-1 at Rugby Park and 3-1 at our place so I'd gladly settle for the same again