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Aberdeen 1-1 Livingston: Hosts now six without a win at home in the Premiership

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Highlights: Aberdeen 1-1 Livingston

Aberdeen's winless Scottish Premiership home run was extended to six games after they were held by Livingston.

Niall McGinn's superbly-taken volley gave them the lead, but Craig Sibbald drew the visitors level.

At a sodden Pittodrie, Livingston's Declan Gallagher had a header ruled out for offside, while Lewis Ferguson came close for the hosts.

The result means Aberdeen missed the chance to gain an advantage in the race for a European spot.

With Rangers and Kilmarnock drawing and Hearts losing to Hamilton Academical, Derek McInnes' side could have gained points on all their nearest rivals.

Livingston meanwhile, move above St Johnstone into eighth.

Insipid Aberdeen's home woes continue

Aberdeen's struggles at home have been well documented. No Premiership win at Pittodrie in 2019, with struggling St Mirren and Hamilton leaving the North East with four points between them in recent weeks.

Manager McInnes emphasised the need sort it out if they want to secure European football once more and keep the heat on Rangers in the race for second, but what he got was another insipid Pittodrie performance.

McGinn's sublime volley put them in front and briefly coaxed some life out of them. The Northern Irishman brilliantly plucked the ball from the sky and found the bottom corner- and had fellow winger Connor McLennan to thank for his jinking run and pinpoint cross in the build-up.

Buoyed by that moment of brilliance, they swept forward again. McLennan had a low drive pushed wide by Liam Kelly after nice link-up with Sam Cosgrove, then the English striker himself volleyed wide from Max Lowe's cross.

It was suddenly one-way traffic, but it was all too fleeting from an Aberdeen perspective, and Livingston were menacing in final third. Scott Pittman headed wide in the opening three minutes and, after McGinn's goal, Declan Gallagher forced Joe Lewis into action.

Then, right before half-time, they pulled level. It was delightfully simple, too. A free-kick on halfway was flicked on by Chris Erskine to Craig Halkett, and his volleyed cross found Sibbald to smash in from two yards. Simple, but effective.

Then immediately after the interval, Gallagher headed in from a superbly-delivered free-kick, but the offside flag had already gone up. It was a tight call.

There was an irony in the fact that Aberdeen were struggling to cope with Livingston's physicality and aerial prowess, given the way they had themselves used both attributes so effectively to keep clean sheets against Celtic and Rangers this week.

They had Dominic Ball and Graeme Shinnie to thank for last-ditch tackles on Pittman and Steve Lawson respectively, while Ferguson created and then passed up their best chance when he scurried past two defenders before lifting his shot over the crossbar.

There was endeavour aplenty from both sides in the closing 20 minutes, but the quality was lacking and a draw seemed a fair outcome on a bleak afternoon.

Craig Sibbald (left) drew Livingston level before the break
Craig Sibbald (left) drew Livingston level before the break

'Livingston deserved a point' - analysis

BBC Scotland's Tyrone Smith at Pittodrie

There have been plenty of stories in Scottish football this season. What has happened to Aberdeen's home form is becoming one of them.

Perhaps the exertions of their last couple of games - at Rangers and Celtic - caught up with them on this occasion, but McInnes will understandably be perplexed.

But take nothing away from Livingston, they deserved to take something from the game and, though the top six may just be beyond them, they can look forward to another season in the top flight.

'The goal we lose is terrible' - reaction

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes said: "The goal we lose is terrible. It's not a free-kick in the first place, the referee's got that badly wrong. We should still deal with it, it's basic defending.

"It's not been good enough, the amount of clean sheets we've had at Pittodrie. It's even more galling that we've let two points slip from a winning position."

Livingston manager Gary Holt said: "Absolutely delighted to come here and stand toe-to-toe with an exceptional side and get a deserved point. Every single one of them put a shift in.

"I thought we were well in the game, we were comfortable, we were stifling Aberdeen as much as we could and we were breaking on them at times."

Line-ups

Aberdeen

  • 1Lewis
  • 21Ball
  • 18Devlin
  • 5McKenna
  • 29Lowe
  • 19FergusonSubstituted forWilsonat 88'minutes
  • 3Shinnie
  • 27McLennan
  • 17MaySubstituted forCampbellat 57'minutes
  • 10McGinnSubstituted forStewartat 76'minutes
  • 16Cosgrove

Substitutes

  • 7Stewart
  • 8Gleeson
  • 9Wilson
  • 14Halford
  • 20Cerny
  • 24Campbell
  • 33Ross

Livingston

  • 1Kelly
  • 31Gallagher
  • 26Halkett
  • 4Lithgow
  • 5Brown
  • 33LawsonSubstituted forByrneat 71'minutes
  • 7Jacobs
  • 17RobinsonSubstituted forHardieat 83'minutes
  • 8Pittman
  • 10Sibbald
  • 19ErskineSubstituted forOdoffinat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Byrne
  • 9Hardie
  • 14Odoffin
  • 15Lawless
  • 21Stewart
  • 22Tiffoney
  • 23De Vita
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
14,366

Match Stats

Home TeamAberdeenAway TeamLivingston
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home8
Away7
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Aberdeen 1, Livingston 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Aberdeen 1, Livingston 1.

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Craig Halkett.

Attempt blocked. Greg Stewart (Aberdeen) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. James Wilson replaces Lewis Ferguson.

Lewis Ferguson (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig Halkett (Livingston).

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Ryan Hardie replaces Scott Robinson.

Foul by Dominic Ball (Aberdeen).

Keaghan Jacobs (Livingston) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Connor McLennan (Aberdeen).

Craig Halkett (Livingston) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Hakeem Odoffin (Livingston) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Greg Stewart replaces Niall McGinn.

Attempt missed. Michael Devlin (Aberdeen) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Max Lowe (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Hakeem Odoffin (Livingston).

Corner, Aberdeen. Conceded by Craig Halkett.

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Shaun Byrne replaces Steve Tevi Lawson because of an injury.

Delay in match Steve Tevi Lawson (Livingston) because of an injury.

Sam Cosgrove (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Craig Halkett (Livingston).

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Hakeem Odoffin replaces Chris Erskine.

Attempt missed. Dean Campbell (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Connor McLennan (Aberdeen).

Craig Halkett (Livingston) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Dean Campbell replaces Stevie May.

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

Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Dominic Ball.

Connor McLennan (Aberdeen) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ciaron Brown (Livingston).

Attempt saved. Craig Halkett (Livingston) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Scott McKenna (Aberdeen).

Scott Robinson (Livingston) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Michael Devlin (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Scott Robinson (Livingston).

Foul by Michael Devlin (Aberdeen).

Craig Sibbald (Livingston) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Craig Sibbald (Livingston) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Foul by Connor McLennan (Aberdeen).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic29214466165067
2Rangers30179466224460
3Aberdeen30157846341252
4Kilmarnock30149739281151
5Hearts30145113535047
6Hibernian30129945321345
7Motherwell30124143341-840
8Livingston30108123231138
9St Johnstone29115132939-1038
10Hamilton3073202061-4124
11Dundee2946192461-3718
12St Mirren2945202156-3517
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