Livingston 3-0 Raith Rovers

Martin Scott was on target for Livingston

Livingston closed to within four points of fourth-placed Raith Rovers with an emphatic Championship victory.

Jason Thomson got in a muddle to knock a cross from Marc McNulty into his own net after eight minutes.

Following a glaring miss from Rovers striker Calum Elliot, Martin Scott forced in a second before half time after a McNulty shot had been saved.

And Stefan Scougall completed the scoring for the home side with a fine run and finish on 62 minutes.

The margin of victory could have been greater, with McNulty twice going close late on, but the visitors had made a lively start in West Lothian.

Elliot was inches away from connecting with a Gordon Smith cross before Thomson lost his bearings to open the scoring.

Elliot, who chose to join Rovers in the summer having earlier agreed a move to Livi, then wasted a great chance to level as he headed a Ross Callachan cross into the turf from six yards and watched in horror as the ball bounced over the crossbar.

Kevin Moon shot straight at Darren Jamieson after a neat move from the Fife side, while the home keeper fumbled a later shot from the same player but Smith could not force in the loose ball.

In between those efforts Andrew Barrowman had looked certain to double Livi's lead, only to shoot over when the ball appeared to bobble in the penalty area.

Barrowman was involved in the second goal as he followed up on McNulty's shot and Scott slammed the ball in from close range.

Mark Burchill, on as a half-time replacement for Barrowman, went close with a header but Scougall stretched the lead further after some slack defending.

The pint-sized playmaker jinked one way then another and had the presence of mind to recover from a slip to plant a shot low into the corner of the net.

Jamieson saved a long-range effort from Liam Fox and Callachan was inches wide with a shot through a group of players as Rovers kept at it but could not find a way through.

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