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Livingston vs Dundee United. Scottish Premiership.

Tony Macaroni ArenaAttendance1,864.

Livingston 2

  • S Pitman (23rd minute)
  • R Edwards (83rd minute own goal)

Dundee United 1

  • L Smith (2nd minute)

Livingston 2-1 Dundee United: Ryan Edwards own goal sends Livi up to fourth in Scottish Premiership

Match report and highlights as Livingston beat Dundee United; Ryan Edwards late own goal secured the win for David Martindale's side; Livi move up to fourth in the Scottish Premiership; United are sixth

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Highlights of the Scottish Premiership match between Livingston and Dundee United.

Livingston climbed up to fourth in the Scottish Premiership after a late Ryan Edwards own goal handed the Lions a deserved victory over Dundee United.

Edwards knocked a Nicky Devlin cross into his own net in the 83rd minute as the home side came from behind to take the three points.

Liam Smith gave the visitors the lead after only two minutes before Scott Pittman levelled in the 23rd minute.

Livingston created chance after chance either side of the break and finally got their reward late on.

Livingston's Scott Pittman celebrates equalising against Dundee United.
Image: Livingston's Scott Pittman celebrates equalising against Dundee United

In a high-octane start to the game the visitors stormed ahead after only two minutes through Smith.

Tony Watt delivered a low pass across the area and Smith reacted the quickest to stab the ball home to net his first goal of the season.

That was to be Watt's last meaningful involvement as the striker hobbled off after only 13 minutes, with Nicky Clarke coming on.

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Livingston levelled in the 23rd minute with an excellent strike from Pittman. Bruce Anderson opted not to shoot inside the area and cut the ball back for his team-mate.

Pittman controlled the heavy pass before firing a half-volley past Benjamin Siegrist from 12 yards.

 Livingston's Scott Pittman makes it 1-1 against Dundee United.
Image: Pittman makes it 1-1 against Dundee United

Livingston grew in confidence after scoring and should have had another when Ayo Obileye headed Alan Forrest's corner just over.

At the other end Ilmari Niskanen directed a tame header at Max Stryjek.

But it was the Lions who ended the half the stronger as they created countless chances.

Forrest curled a low effort just beyond the far post from the 18-yard line before Devlin struck a tame shot at Siegrist.

Anderson then fired an effort over as the home side piled on the pressure.

Livingston kept coming at the start of the second half and went close again through Pittman.

Anderson fired in a low cross and the outstretched Pittman got a touch from inside the six-yard box but Siegrist made the block.

United manager Tam Courts made a double change in a bid to help his team get a foothold in the game, with Chris Mochrie and Scott McMann coming on.

United did at least create a rare chance when Clark latched on to Calum Butcher's pass inside the area but with the angle against him, he crashed his effort into the side-netting.

Forrest was then twice denied by Siegrist as the home side continued to press for a winner.

Dundee United's Ryan Edwards scores an own goal to make it 2-1 to Livingston
Image: Dundee United's Ryan Edwards scores an own goal to make it 2-1 to Livingston

Livingston got the elusive goal thanks to Edwards, who turned Devlin's cross past his own goalkeeper at the near post in the 83rd minute.

Martindale praises players and staff as Livingston move up to fourth

Livingston manager David Martindale:

"You have to take that into account for a club our size and one tipped for relegation - the coaches here deserve a lot of credit.

"You hit momentum at times and let that carry the boys forward, it's a spell where I've had a consistent team and that helps too.

"I want to mention Brucie [Bruce Anderson] - 90 percent of the stadium thought he'd take a shot on for the first goal.

"For him to lift his head up and play in Pitts you have to give him credit.

"I'm not wanting to tell Steve Clarke how to do his job but he's the leading Scot in the Premiership.

"He's got to be on the radar - it's not just goals, he brings assists too. He's on 13 and 11 in the league and six or seven assists and that's fantastic.

"If you want to spin it he's scored more league goals than Lyndon Dykes and he got a move to QPR."

Courts: We went too passive

Dundee United manager Tam Courts:

"We scored then it feels like we went too passive and protective over our lead.

"The opposition, with the form they've been in, put you under pressure and got on level terms.

"It's then very difficult to get out of that state of mind.

"When we go in front it's a chance to control our own destiny and we've rejected those chances."

What's next?

Livingston will return to Scottish Premiership action on Sunday at 12pm as they face Celtic, live on Sky Sports.

Dundee United next take on Hearts in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday at 3pm.


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