Scottish Championship
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Falkirk 2-0 Livingston

Lee Miller (left)
Lee Miller (left) scored twice for Falkirk

Two second half goals from veteran Lee Miller were enough to give Falkirk all three points against Livingston and leapfrog Hibernian into second place in the Championship.

Liam Buchanan's header had hit the post in the first half for Livingston.

Miller gave Falkirk the lead when he slid in Blair Alston's ball from inside the six yard box.

Then the striker glanced Aaron Muirhead's cross beyond goalkeeper Darren Jamieson.

Strong swirling winds around the stadium made even short passes difficult to control.

The home side dominated possession early on but were finding it difficult to make the breakthrough.

Eventually they did manage to break down the Livingston rearguard thanks to both youth and experience.

Craig Sibbald worked his magic on the edge of the 18-yard box before playing the ball out wide to Alston.

The midfielders cross into the box was pounced upon by Miller who knocked the ball home from close range for his seventh of the season.

And on the hour mark Miler and Falkirk notched their second of the evening.

Aaron Muirhead sent in a teasing cross that Miller glanced with a header into the back of the net.

It was no more than Falkirk deserved and the three points enough to lift them up into second place, three behind leaders Rangers.

Line-ups

Falkirk

  • 1Rogers
  • 4Muirhead
  • 44Watson
  • 14Grant
  • 3Leahy
  • 8Alston
  • 6Vaulks
  • 11KerrBooked at 65mins
  • 10Sibbald
  • 18Miller
  • 9BairdSubstituted forO'Haraat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Bowman
  • 17Smith
  • 22Blair
  • 23Shepherd
  • 24Sinnamon
  • 30O'Hara
  • 33Gallacher

Livingston

  • 1Jamieson
  • 14Gallagher
  • 6Gordon
  • 15Neill
  • 8da Encarnação Pires Faria
  • 31Glen
  • 7Pittman
  • 16GibbonsBooked at 36minsSubstituted forMullenat 58'minutes
  • 11HippolyteSubstituted forLongridgeat 83'minutes
  • 18Sheerin
  • 19BuchananSubstituted forWhiteat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Millen
  • 3Longridge
  • 9White
  • 10Mullen
  • 20Currie
  • 34Knox
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
4,245

Match Stats

Home TeamFalkirkAway TeamLivingston
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home9
Away7
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home11
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Falkirk 2, Livingston 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Falkirk 2, Livingston 0.

Daniel Mullen (Livingston) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Jackson Longridge (Livingston) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kevin O'Hara (Falkirk).

Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Peter Grant.

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

Ben Gordon (Livingston) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Lee Miller (Falkirk).

Attempt missed. Jordyn Sheerin (Livingston) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt missed. Jordan White (Livingston) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high.

Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Aaron Muirhead.

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Jackson Longridge replaces Myles Hippolyte.

Foul by Blair Alston (Falkirk).

Myles Hippolyte (Livingston) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Craig Sibbald (Falkirk) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Kevin O'Hara (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jordan White (Livingston).

Substitution

Substitution, Falkirk. Kevin O'Hara replaces John Baird.

Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Peter Grant.

Attempt blocked. Jordan White (Livingston) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Falkirk. Conceded by Ben Gordon.

Attempt missed. Will Vaulks (Falkirk) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Mark Kerr (Falkirk) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Hugo Faria (Livingston).

Attempt saved. Myles Hippolyte (Livingston) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Jordan White replaces Liam Buchanan.

Booking

Mark Kerr (Falkirk) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Mark Kerr (Falkirk).

Daniel Mullen (Livingston) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Lee Miller (Falkirk) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Declan Gallagher (Livingston).

Foul by Craig Sibbald (Falkirk).

Declan Gallagher (Livingston) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Goal!

Goal! Falkirk 2, Livingston 0. Lee Miller (Falkirk) header from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Aaron Muirhead.

Declan Gallagher (Livingston) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Craig Sibbald (Falkirk).

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Daniel Mullen replaces Kieran Gibbons.

Goal!

Goal! Falkirk 1, Livingston 0. Lee Miller (Falkirk) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Blair Alston.

Foul by Kieran Gibbons (Livingston).

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