Scottish Championship
LivingstonLivingston0Inverness CTInverness Caledonian Thistle0

Livingston 0-0 Inverness CT

By Kenny CrawfordBBC Sport Scotland
Inverness Caley's Connor Bell and Livingston's Declan Gallagher
Inverness Caley's Connor Bell thought he had broken the deadlock, but his early effort was ruled offside

Livingston missed the chance to move top of the Championship as they were held to a goal-less draw by Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

The Highlanders had the ball in the back of the net early on, but Connor Bell's close-range effort was ruled out for being off-side.

Jake Mulraney later spurned a good chance by shooting straight at Livi goalkeeper Neil Alexander.

The hosts' best opportunity came when Jackson Longridge curled inches wide.

Before the season started, few would have predicted such a lofty league position for Livingston, so despite disappointment at not taking full advantage of St Mirren's defeat, David Hopkin's men are still faring well.

Caley Thistle, too, are steady, with the draw extending their unbeaten run to six matches.

Bell was one of a few bright sparks in this game and was denied again late on when Alexander touched his low effort round the post after the Englishman had been played in by Liam Polworth.

Post-match reaction

Livingston manager David Hopkin: "Inverness have really picked up defensively and Neil Alexander's pulled off a couple of great saves to keep us in it as well.

"Before the game I'd have taken a point. We were playing against an experienced and well-drilled side.

"Today was a battle but my players stood up to the test."

Inverness manager John Robertson: "That's six clean sheets and something the players should be immensely proud of because they're working their socks off.

"We had to match a really honest, intense, direct Livingston team and we managed to create a few opportunities.

"Somehow Neil Alexander managed to get a toe to Connor Bell's shot and unluckily for us it's gone the wrong side of the post."

Line-ups

Livingston

Formation 3-5-1-1

  • 1Alexander
  • 31Gallagher
  • 26Halkett
  • 4Lithgow
  • 7MullinSubstituted forMackinat 77'minutes
  • 14Jacobs
  • 6Byrne
  • 21PenriceSubstituted forCaddenat 65'minutes
  • 3LongridgeBooked at 74mins
  • 8Pittman
  • 10MullenBooked at 40minsSubstituted forTodorovat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Todorov
  • 11Cadden
  • 15Mackin
  • 16Knox
  • 19Carrick
  • 20Maley
  • 23De Vita

Inverness CT

Formation 4-4-2

  • 28Ridgers
  • 2Raven
  • 22McKayBooked at 56mins
  • 23DonaldsonBooked at 21mins
  • 3TremarcoBooked at 44minsSubstituted forCalderat 69'minutes
  • 15Mulraney
  • 7Polworth
  • 11Vigurs
  • 4Chalmers
  • 20Bell
  • 9BairdSubstituted forOakleyat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Esson
  • 5Warren
  • 14Oakley
  • 16Calder
  • 21Cooper
  • 24Trafford
  • 27Mackay
Referee:
Gavin Duncan
Attendance:
1,262

Match Stats

Home TeamLivingstonAway TeamInverness CT
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home8
Away6
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home15
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Livingston 0, Inverness CT 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Livingston 0, Inverness CT 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Declan Gallagher (Livingston).

  4. Post update

    Connor Bell (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Hand ball by George Oakley (Inverness CT).

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nicky Cadden (Livingston) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nikolay Todorov (Livingston) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Neil Alexander.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Connor Bell (Inverness CT) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Liam Polworth (Inverness CT) right footed shot from long range on the left is high and wide to the right.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Inverness CT. Conceded by Shaun Byrne.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Shaun Byrne (Livingston).

  13. Post update

    Coll Donaldson (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Scott Pittman (Livingston).

  15. Post update

    Iain Vigurs (Inverness CT) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Livingston. Dylan Mackin replaces Josh Mullin.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Livingston. Nikolay Todorov replaces Daniel Mullen.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jake Mulraney (Inverness CT) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

  19. Booking

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Jackson Longridge (Livingston).