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Brechin City 0-2 Livingston

Craig Halkett
Craig Halkett scored the opener as Livingston saw off bottom side Brechin

Craig Halkett and Scott Robinson were on target as Livingston beat Brechin to move into the play-off places.

The visitors hit the front through Halkett's penalty after Connor McLennan fouled Jackson Longridge in the area.

Robinson sealed the victory after the break, smashing a right-foot shot into the bottom corner.

The win means Livi leapfrog Queen of the South into fourth spot in the Championship, level on 33 points with third place Dunfermline.

Brechin remain at the foot of the table with just four points.

Post-match reaction

Brechin City manager Darren Dods: "I thought in the first half we played well and it hinged on the penalty incident. The goalkeeper is adamant it wasn't a penalty and he was closest to the ball, but it's one of those things.

"The disappointing thing was that we never put enough pressure on them when we did have the ball. They have one of the best defences in the league and when they do get a lead it's difficult to get back in the game.

"Today we showed we can compete. For 95% of it we're doing things right, it's just the 5%, the final pass, that let us down.

"I think we have improved. We approach every game and if we can get that first win we'll see what happens after that."

David Hopkin
Livi boss David Hopkin says survival remains the priority for his side this season

Livingston manager David Hopkin: "I thought we managed the game well. The players gave me everything. We had a wee setback last week and that's how the players respond, every time we get a defeat they want to go and put it right, so I'm delighted for the players.

"It was a massive three points for us. It's a difficult league and we have probably stuttered a bit because we didn't play in November, we've been playing Saturday and Tuesday, so it's the first time we've had a full week's training.

"Our target is still to stay up, I keep saying it. The players are focused on one game at a time."

Line-ups

Brechin

  • 1SmithBooked at 12mins
  • 14Lynas
  • 2McLeanBooked at 25mins
  • 20Crighton
  • 15Spark
  • 8Graham
  • 6Dale
  • 7Tapping
  • 21SinclairSubstituted forLayneat 65'minutes
  • 9JacksonSubstituted forOrsiat 76'minutes
  • 17McLennanSubstituted forSmithat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Dyer
  • 4Fusco
  • 10Layne
  • 11Watt
  • 18Orsi
  • 19O'Neil
  • 29Smith

Livingston

  • 1Alexander
  • 31Gallagher
  • 5Buchanan
  • 4Lithgow
  • 26Halkett
  • 14JacobsBooked at 34minsSubstituted forDe Vitaat 61'minutes
  • 6ByrneBooked at 86mins
  • 8Pittman
  • 3LongridgeBooked at 60mins
  • 17RobinsonBooked at 43minsSubstituted forTodorovat 82'minutes
  • 10BoydSubstituted forMackinat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Mullin
  • 9Todorov
  • 11Cadden
  • 15Mackin
  • 20Maley
  • 23De Vita
  • 24Thompson
Referee:
Craig Charleston
Attendance:
551

Match Stats

Home TeamBrechinAway TeamLivingston
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home3
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away6
Fouls
Home13
Away22

Live Text

Match ends, Brechin City 0, Livingston 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brechin City 0, Livingston 2.

Attempt missed. Euan Smith (Brechin City) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right.

Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Euan Spark.

Booking

Shaun Byrne (Livingston) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Kalvin Orsi (Brechin City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Shaun Byrne (Livingston).

Euan Smith (Brechin City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Declan Gallagher (Livingston).

Substitution

Substitution, Brechin City. Euan Smith replaces Connor McLennan because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Nikolay Todorov replaces Scott Robinson.

Sean Crighton (Brechin City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dylan Mackin (Livingston).

Paul McLean (Brechin City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Dylan Mackin (Livingston).

Attempt saved. Paul McLean (Brechin City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Isaac Layne (Brechin City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Shaun Byrne (Livingston).

Substitution

Substitution, Brechin City. Kalvin Orsi replaces Andrew Jackson.

Declan Gallagher (Livingston) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andrew Jackson (Brechin City).

Foul by Jackson Longridge (Livingston).

Aron Lynas (Brechin City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Declan Gallagher (Livingston).

Callum Tapping (Brechin City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Dylan Mackin replaces Steven Boyd.

Foul by Isaac Layne (Brechin City).

Craig Halkett (Livingston) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Aron Lynas.

Goal!

Goal! Brechin City 0, Livingston 2. Scott Robinson (Livingston) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Euan Spark (Brechin City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gregor Buchanan (Livingston).

Attempt missed. Scott Robinson (Livingston) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

James Dale (Brechin City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Steven Boyd (Livingston).

Substitution

Substitution, Brechin City. Isaac Layne replaces Jordan Sinclair.

Foul by Steven Boyd (Livingston).

James Dale (Brechin City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Raffaele De Vita replaces Keaghan Jacobs.

Booking

Jackson Longridge (Livingston) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1St Mirren22153441231848
2Dundee Utd2112453023740
3Dunfermline2196637241333
4Livingston209653124733
5Queen of Sth218673430430
6Inverness CT228682925430
7Morton207762721628
8Dumbarton214891528-1320
9Falkirk214892034-1420
10Brechin2104171648-324
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