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Livingston hold Kilmarnock to 0-0 draw and secure first Premiership point

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Highlights: Livingston 0-0 Kilmarnock

Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke is open to bringing new players to the club but says "it's a difficult market".

Killie drew 0-0 with hosts Livingston on Saturday, a first Premiership point of the season for Livi.

Steven Lawless drew a save from visiting goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald before Chris Burke fired against the outside of the post at the other end.

"I've said since January that I'm relatively happy with the players I've got in the building," said Clarke.

"If we can find one or two players that can improve the group we will try and bring them in. It's a difficult market when you've got no money, it's the loan market and free transfers we are looking for.

"We keep looking, we keep trying and we keep inviting people up to spend a couple of days training with us. If they come great, if they don't come it's also fine."

Low key, flat and subdued

The first half had an odd, low-key feel. A crowd of 2,586 sparsely entertained. The atmosphere felt flat and the lack of chances did not help.

Burke came closest with an effort off the post after a cross from Jordan Jones as Kilmarnock laid claims to having the best of a poor first half. But Livingston were making it a contest, certainly in terms of possession.

It may have been a different sort of game had Lawless scored from range. His effort was well saved by MacDonald, but truth be told it was all fairly standard fare.

Overall the first half almost had the feel of a training game at times with the new artificial turf kicking up loads of black pellets at all times.

The second half continued in similar style, albeit with Kilmarnock getting more men forward when they were on the attack.

A run from Burke almost created the breakthrough for Stephen O'Donnell, his shot straight at goalkeeper Liam Kelly.

Jones and Greg Kiltie would fire in late efforts at the Livingston keeper but both went straight to him as the game ended goalless.

Chris Burke has a shot for Kilmarnock against Livingston
Burke could not get the breakthrough for Killie

'Creativity lacking'

Kenny Miller, whose side lost 3-1 at Celtic Park last week, must be encouraged that his team - predicted to be Premiership whipping boys - were able to hold their own against a good top-flight side.

Sporting their sturdy 3-5-2 formation, Livingston never looked out of place against a Kilmarnock team that impressed hugely last season and had beaten St Johnstone last week.

Creativity is the big miss for the home side. They have width and can get the ball forward, but creating anything like a decent chance for either Lee or Kenny Miller looks a real struggle.

From a Kilmarnock point of view it seemed as if Clarke used the first half to get the measure of his opponents as they stuck to their regular 4-4-2. As soon as the second half started every time Kilmarnock got the ball forward their full-backs Greg Taylor and O'Donnell would become second wingers as the away side looked to outnumber the Livingston defence.

Increasingly it looked like it would take an individual moment to win this match. Burke looked the most likely, the former Scotland winger showing sparks of inspiration from time to time.

They say creativity is king and ultimately onlookers were not royally entertained, but a point apiece is perhaps a satisfactory return in the end for both sides.

Miller 'really, really happy' - reaction

Livingston player-manager Kenny Miller: "It's going to be like that every week for us. Every week, leaving everything out there - absolutely everything out on the field. But I enjoyed it, I really enjoyed the game. I thought first half we played some fantastic stuff, dominated for long spells of the game.

"They've got a threat in Jones, Boydy (Kris Boyd) is up front and always a goal threat, Burke he's done what he's done for years and years. They've got good players, very well organised. Either team could maybe have gone on and won it but really, really happy because they are a good outfit."

Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke: "Reasonably satisfied. I knew it would be a tough game coming here. Big game for Livi, first [home] game back in the Premiership after a long time.

"We weathered the early storm quite well, probably created the best chance of the first half when Chris Burke hit the post and I thought we had much better control of the match in the second half without really creating enough to threaten the goalkeeper."

Line-ups

Livingston

  • 1Kelly
  • 31Gallagher
  • 26Halkett
  • 5Saunders
  • 14KajaBooked at 17minsSubstituted forCaddenat 65'minutes
  • 8Pittman
  • 6Byrne
  • 17RobinsonSubstituted forJacobsat 75'minutes
  • 15Lawless
  • 9Miller
  • 18MillerSubstituted forHamiltonat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Lamie
  • 4Lithgow
  • 7Jacobs
  • 11Cadden
  • 21Stewart
  • 25Brown
  • 30Hamilton

Kilmarnock

  • 1MacDonald
  • 2O'Donnell
  • 5BroadfootBooked at 1mins
  • 16BoydBooked at 13mins
  • 3Taylor
  • 29BurkeSubstituted forKiltieat 84'minutes
  • 6Power
  • 8Dicker
  • 11Jones
  • 12NdjoliSubstituted forWilsonat 65'minutes
  • 9BoydSubstituted forBrophyat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Kiltie
  • 14Higgins
  • 18Waters
  • 20Wilson
  • 23Thomas
  • 25Brophy
  • 26Bachmann
Referee:
Gavin Duncan
Attendance:
2,586

Match Stats

Home TeamLivingstonAway TeamKilmarnock
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home7
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home16
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Livingston 0, Kilmarnock 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Livingston 0, Kilmarnock 0.

Attempt saved. Greg Kiltie (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Gary Dicker (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Kenny Miller (Livingston).

Eamonn Brophy (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Declan Gallagher (Livingston).

Foul by Iain Wilson (Kilmarnock).

Shaun Byrne (Livingston) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Greg Kiltie replaces Chris Burke.

Attempt missed. Iain Wilson (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Jack Hamilton replaces Lee Miller.

Jordan Jones (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Lee Miller (Livingston).

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Keaghan Jacobs replaces Scott Robinson.

Foul by Alan Power (Kilmarnock).

Steven Lawless (Livingston) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Stephen O'Donnell.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Eamonn Brophy replaces Kris Boyd.

Gary Dicker (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kenny Miller (Livingston).

Attempt saved. Stephen O'Donnell (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Scott Boyd (Kilmarnock).

Steven Lawless (Livingston) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Chris Burke (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Nicky Cadden replaces Egli Kaja.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Iain Wilson replaces Mikael Ndjoli.

Gary Dicker (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lee Miller (Livingston).

Greg Taylor (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Egli Kaja (Livingston).

Attempt blocked. Scott Pittman (Livingston) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Alan Power (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Egli Kaja (Livingston).

Foul by Alan Power (Kilmarnock).

Shaun Byrne (Livingston) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Greg Taylor (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Declan Gallagher (Livingston).

Attempt blocked. Chris Burke (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Second Half

Second Half begins Livingston 0, Kilmarnock 0.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hearts22005146
2Kilmarnock21102024
3Aberdeen21102114
4Hibernian11003033
5Celtic21013213
6St Mirren11002113
7Hamilton210124-23
8Rangers10101101
9Livingston201113-21
10Dundee200213-20
11St Johnstone100102-20
12Motherwell200204-40
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