Livingston 1-2 Saints
6th February 2021
Saturday 6 February 2021
Saturday 6th February 2021
Saints put in a great performance this afternoon to defeat Livingston 2-1 at the Tony Macaroni Arena to end the West Lothian sides fourteen-match unbeaten run.
Saints took the lead on the stroke of half time as Scott Tanser curled a brilliant free kick over the Livi wall and into the bottom corner of the net.
Callum Davidson’s side then doubled their advantage 6 minutes into the second half as Shaun Rooney headed home a Liam Craig free kick.
Saints got a great chance to wrap up the 3 points on 78 minutes as they were awarded a penalty after Rooney was hauled down in the box by Nicky Devlin. Substitute Stevie May took the penalty but his effort down the middle was saved by the legs of Livi keeper Max Stryjek.
However, the hosts made it a nervous ending to the match as they pulled a goal back with 7 minutes remaining as Pittman’s header went in off the post.
Saints though were able to see the game out to secure the 3 points.
Next up for Saints is a home game against Celtic next Sunday, kick off 12pm.
For the third time in a week Saints were back on the road for an away game as they made the trip to West Lothian to taken on fellow Betfred Cup finalists Livingston this afternoon. Saints seven-game undefeated run came to an end on Wednesday evening as they went down 1-0 to league leaders Rangers at Ibrox. Callum Davidson made five changes to his team for this afternoon’s match at the Tony Macaroni Arena as Shaun Rooney, Liam Craig, David Wotherspoon, Guy Melamed and Chris Kane came into the starting eleven. They replaced James Brown, Craig Bryson, Craig Conway and Stevie May who all had spots on the bench, whilst Murray Davidson missed out due to injury. Livingston got their first win at Aberdeen since 2004 on Tuesday evening as they defeated the Dons 2-0 at Pittodrie. Livingston manager David Martindale made three changes to his side this afternoon as Marvin Bartley, Alan Forrest and Scott Robinson came into the team to replace Julien Serrano, Josh Mullin and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.
Guy Melamed got the match underway and Saints would make a good start to the match as they were awarded a free kick in a promising position in the first minute of the match after Chris Kane had been fouled by Aaron Taylor-Sinclair. Liam Craig took the free kick and he sent a great ball into the box which was turned behind for a corner. David Wotherspoon took the corner and his delivery from the left picked out Jason Kerr at the back post but the right-footed effort from the Saints captain landed on the roof of the net.
Livingston though started to come into the match and on 10 minutes Scott Robinson broke into the Saints box but Kerr showed great defending to get back and intercept the ball.
It was proving to be an even match with chances in-front of goal limited for both sides. On 32 minutes Chris Kane had a shot at blocked by the Livingston defence. Whilst up the other end a couple of minutes later Robinson headed down a Max Stryjek free kick into the path of Scott Pittman but the volley from the midfielder went high over the crossbar.
The first booking of the game came on 37 minutes as Kerr was shown a yellow card for a foul on Pittman.
It was looking like the teams were going to go in level at half time however, Saints would take the lead in stoppage time. The Perth side were awarded a free kick on the edge of the box after Kane was fouled by Taylor-Sinclair, who was booked for the challenge. Both Scott Tanser and David Wotherspoon stood over the ball but it was Tanser who took the free kick and the wing-back sent a beautiful left-foot curling ball over the Livi wall and into the net.
Livingston made a change at the start of the second half as Jay Emmanuel-Thomas came on to replace Alan Forrest.
5 minutes into the second half Kane won Saints a free kick after he had been fouled by Marvin Bartley. Liam Craig took the free kick and he floated a delightful ball into the box and Shaun Rooney got up well to plant a header into the bottom left-corner of the net with Stryjek rooted to the spot.
The hosts made another change on 65 minutes as Steve Lawless made way for Jaze Kabia.
Then a minute later a long ball forward was headed down by Rooney to Melamed and he fed the ball to Wotherspoon but his shot was saved by Stryjek.
On 69 minutes Saints made their first change of the game as Stevie May came on to replace Melamed.
2 minutes later a cross from Efe Ambrose picked out Emmanuel-Thomas but the header from the forward was gathered by Zander Clark.
Saints continued to create chances and on 74 minutes Rooney’s header from an Ali McCann cross was saved by Stryjek. Then 2 minutes later a Tanser cross from the left was latched onto by May but Nicky Devlin was able to get back and turn the ball behind for a corner. From the corner Saints were given a great chance to wrap up all 3 points as Rooney was hauled down in the box by Devlin and referee Euan Anderson pointed to the spot. May took the penalty but his effort down the middle was saved by the legs of Stryjek.
Despite the penalty miss Callum Davidson’s side were well on top and on 82 minutes they created another opportunity to end the game as a contest. Liam Craig’s corner from the right picked out Liam Gordon but Stryjek saved the header from the big defender.
Then a minute later Livi made it interesting as they pulled a goal back. Jason Holt’s cross was perfect for Pittman and the header from the midfielder went in off the post.
With 3 minutes remaining Rooney went on a surging run in the Livi box but he couldn’t pick out Kane with his cross.
The final minutes of the match saw the host push for an equaliser band they created one final chance but Scott Robinson’s glancing header was saved by Clark as Saints stood firm to get a well-deserved win in West Lothian.
Livingston: Stryjek, Longridge, Ambrose, Taylor-Sinclair, Devlin, Bartley, Lawson (Kabia 65), Holt, Pittman, Forrest (Emmanuel-Thomas 45), Robinson
Unused Substitutes: McCrorie (GK), Fitzwater, Sibbald, Poplatnik, McMillan, Tiffoney, Pignatiello
Booked: Taylor-Sinclair, Pittman
Saints: Clark, Kerr, Gordon, McCart, Rooney, Craig, McCann, Tanser, Melamed (May 69), Wotherspoon, Kane (O’Halloran 90+2)
Unused Substitutes: Parish (GK), Brown, Conway, Bryson, Gilmour, Middleton, Booth
Scorers:Tanser (45+2), Rooney (51)
Referee: Euan Anderson
Match Report by Daryl Scott
Picture: Scott Tanser scores Saints first goal of the afternoon with a brilliant free kick