Scottish Championship
FalkirkFalkirk2LivingstonLivingston0
By Brian McLauchlinBBC Scotland at the Falkirk Stadium
Lee Miller (left)
Lee Miller (left) scored twice for Falkirk

Two second half goals from veteran Lee Miller were enough to give Falkirk all three points against Livingston and leapfrog Hibernian into second place in the Championship.

Liam Buchanan's header had hit the post in the first half for Livingston.

Miller gave Falkirk the lead when he slid in Blair Alston's ball from inside the six yard box.

Then the striker glanced Aaron Muirhead's cross beyond goalkeeper Darren Jamieson.

Strong swirling winds around the stadium made even short passes difficult to control.

The home side dominated possession early on but were finding it difficult to make the breakthrough.

Eventually they did manage to break down the Livingston rearguard thanks to both youth and experience.

Craig Sibbald worked his magic on the edge of the 18-yard box before playing the ball out wide to Alston.

The midfielders cross into the box was pounced upon by Miller who knocked the ball home from close range for his seventh of the season.

And on the hour mark Miler and Falkirk notched their second of the evening.

Aaron Muirhead sent in a teasing cross that Miller glanced with a header into the back of the net.

It was no more than Falkirk deserved and the three points enough to lift them up into second place, three behind leaders Rangers.

Line-ups

Falkirk

  • 1Rogers
  • 4Muirhead
  • 44Watson
  • 14Grant
  • 3Leahy
  • 8Alston
  • 6Vaulks
  • 11KerrBooked at 65mins
  • 10Sibbald
  • 18Miller
  • 9BairdSubstituted forO'Haraat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Bowman
  • 17Smith
  • 22Blair
  • 23Shepherd
  • 24Sinnamon
  • 30O'Hara
  • 33Gallacher

Livingston

  • 1Jamieson
  • 14Gallagher
  • 6Gordon
  • 15Neill
  • 8da Encarnação Pires Faria
  • 31Glen
  • 7Pittman
  • 16GibbonsBooked at 36minsSubstituted forMullenat 58'minutes
  • 11HippolyteSubstituted forLongridgeat 83'minutes
  • 18Sheerin
  • 19BuchananSubstituted forWhiteat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Millen
  • 3Longridge
  • 9White
  • 10Mullen
  • 20Currie
  • 34Knox
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
4,245

Match Stats

Home TeamFalkirkAway TeamLivingston
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home9
Away7
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home11
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Falkirk 2, Livingston 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Falkirk 2, Livingston 0.

  3. Post update

    Daniel Mullen (Livingston) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

  4. Post update

    Jackson Longridge (Livingston) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Kevin O'Hara (Falkirk).

  6. Post update

    Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Peter Grant.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Daniel Mullen (Livingston) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  8. Post update

    Ben Gordon (Livingston) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Lee Miller (Falkirk).

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jordyn Sheerin (Livingston) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jordan White (Livingston) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Aaron Muirhead.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Livingston. Jackson Longridge replaces Myles Hippolyte.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Blair Alston (Falkirk).

  15. Post update

    Myles Hippolyte (Livingston) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Craig Sibbald (Falkirk) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  17. Post update

    Kevin O'Hara (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Jordan White (Livingston).

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Falkirk. Kevin O'Hara replaces John Baird.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Peter Grant.