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Livingston 1-1 Hibernian: David Martindale says his Livingston side will target a fourth place finish

By Matthew ReedBBC Sport Scotland

Livingston manager David Martindale says his side will chase a fourth-place finish after their Scottish Premiership draw with Hibernian.

Both goals came in the first half as Christian Doidge's equaliser cancelled out Craig Sibbald's opener.

Hibs are now seven points clear in third, while Livingston stay fifth but are within five points of Aberdeen.

"It's a fantastic opportunity for us to chase fourth and it's one we're going to embrace," Martindale said.

"Hopefully when the split comes we get Aberdeen at home and it's an opportunity to get the gap down to two."

Livingston started the better of the two sides, with Allan Forrest and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas both seeing efforts go close early on.

Ofir Marciano saved well from Sibbald after he was played through by Emmanuel-Thomas, but Sibbald made the most of his next opportunity.

A long ball from Jon Guthrie appeared to be set up for a routine back pass for Ryan Porteous. But his header lacked the power to reach Marciano and Sibbald anticipated well to slam home from six yards.

Hibs reacted well, though. Kevin Nisbet nearly capped off a week in which he was called up to the Scotland squad for the first time but his half volley floated just wide.

The visitors continued to build pressure before the break and Joe Newell should have done better than shoot straight at Robby McCrorie from a promising position.

Hibs eventually equalised through Doidge, though. Full-back Doig hassled and harried Nicky Devlin and stole the ball on the bye-line before squaring to the striker, who couldn't miss from 15 yards.

Jack Ross' men maintained that momentum into the second period and only some heroic defensive work prevented them taking the lead.

Martin Boyle burst into the box and squared for Doidge, who was denied by Devlin's timely intervention on the line. Boyle followed up and also seemed nailed on to score, only for Jackson Longridge to replicated Devlin's clearance.

Both teams began to slow as the game neared a conclusion, with opportunities becoming more scarce. The best of those came for Nisbet, who would have scored a brilliant solo goal had his shot not trickled past the far post.

There were also cries for a penalty late on as Doig broke into the box but replays showed the young defender wasn't touched as he went down.

Man of the match - Craig Sibbald

Craig Sibbald celebrates goal
Although him and his side faded in the second half, Sibbald was easily his side's best player as they dominated the opening period

What did we learn?

It wasn't a stellar performance but Hibs continue their charge for a third place finish and the guarantee of European football until December. Short of a collapse during the post-split games, they should be able to claim that lucrative prize.

Livingston will be pleased with a point and once again proved they can go toe-to-toe with the top-four sides. With Aberdeen's poor form persisting, they may even fancy themselves to also sneak into the automatic European places.

What they said

Livingston manager David Martindale: "We had created enough chances in the first half to go in at least a goal up. Over the 90 minutes, I think a draw is probably a fair reflection.

"I'm delighted for wee Sibbs [Craig Sibbald] he's been shunted about the park for us but I thought he was excellent today and deserved his goal."

Hibernian head coach Jack Ross: "In the first half, we did well to hang into the game but we showed character to going behind. Second half, I thought we were excellent.

"At this stage of the season, against a tough opponent away from home and the other results today it's a good point for us."

What's next?

Livingston face either Stirling Albion or Raith Rovers in the Scottish Cup next Saturday (15:00 GMT), while Hibernian also have cup duty as they travel to Queen of the South at the same time.

Line-ups

Livingston

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1McCrorie
  • 2Devlin
  • 5Fitzwater
  • 27Guthrie
  • 23LongridgeBooked at 16minsSubstituted forSerranoat 57'minutes
  • 6Bartley
  • 18Holt
  • 10Sibbald
  • 8Pittman
  • 11ForrestSubstituted forLawsonat 79'minutes
  • 9Emmanuel-ThomasSubstituted forPoplatnikat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Serrano
  • 14Mullin
  • 15Poplatnik
  • 21McMillan
  • 22Tiffoney
  • 25Ambrose
  • 32Stryjek
  • 33Lawson
  • 37Kabia

Hibernian

Formation 3-1-4-2

  • 1Marciano
  • 6McGinn
  • 5Porteous
  • 4Hanlon
  • 11Newell
  • 10Boyle
  • 13Gogic
  • 36Irvine
  • 25Doig
  • 15Nisbet
  • 9Doidge

Substitutes

  • 2Gray
  • 7Magennis
  • 8Wright
  • 16Stevenson
  • 20Hallberg
  • 23Allan
  • 24McGregor
  • 27Cadden
  • 33Macey
Referee:
Nick Walsh

Match Stats

Home TeamLivingstonAway TeamHibernian
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home12
Away12
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home2
Away6
Fouls
Home15
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Livingston 1, Hibernian 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Livingston 1, Hibernian 1.

  3. Post update

    Jason Holt (Livingston) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Jackson Irvine (Hibernian).

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Josh Doig (Hibernian) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Jack Fitzwater.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Livingston. Matej Poplatnik replaces Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

  8. Post update

    Marvin Bartley (Livingston) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Jackson Irvine (Hibernian).

  10. Post update

    Foul by Craig Sibbald (Livingston).

  11. Post update

    Paul McGinn (Hibernian) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jon Guthrie (Livingston) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Julien Serrano.

  13. Post update

    Julien Serrano (Livingston) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Kevin Nisbet (Hibernian).

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Alexander Gogic (Hibernian).

  17. Post update

    Offside, Hibernian. Ryan Porteous tries a through ball, but Kevin Nisbet is caught offside.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Jack Fitzwater (Livingston).

  19. Post update

    Paul McGinn (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Livingston. Steve Lawson replaces Alan Forrest.

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