Scottish Premiership
Livingston1Kilmarnock0

Livingston 1-0 Kilmarnock: Hosts earn first victory of the year to topple Killie

Media playback is not supported on this device

Highlights: Livingston 1-0 Kilmarnock

Livingston ended a winless run of nine games as Chris Erskine's strike saw Kilmarnock fall four points behind third-placed Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership.

Three days after being knocked out the Scottish Cup by Rangers, Steve Clarke's side suffered another setback despite hitting the woodwork three times.

Erskine reacted to a loose ball in the box to net his first goal for the club.

Livingston's win moved them 13 points clear of third bottom Dundee.

Kris Boyd, with a header, Eamonn Brophy, from distance, and Rory McKenzie, from close range, all hit the bar for Clarke's side.

The home side were assertive too, though, and Kilmarnock goalkeeper Daniel Bachman - able to play after succeeding with his appeal against the red card he was shown at Ibrox last Wednesday - saved well from Steve Lawless and Steve Lawson.

Changes don't pay off for Clarke

After the rigours of midweek, Kilmarnock made seven changes to the side that lost 5-0 to Rangers. There was also change in the air for Livingston, as they ditched their customary back three and opted for a back four.

The biggest chance in the opening stages fell to the away side. Boyd met a cross into the box, but his header bounced off the top of the bar.

Up at the other end, Lawless hit the byeline and his cutback deflected off a Kilmarnock defender towards goal but Bachmann made the save.

Liam Kelly in the Livingston goal then showed off his acrobatic skills as he saved a long-range effort from McKenzie.

But it was the home side who took the lead just before half-time. The Kilmarnock defence failed to deal with a long throw into the box and Erskine - leading the line - turned to fire home his first goal since joining from Partick Thistle last month.

Kilmarnock came roaring out of the traps in the second half, with Brophy firing off a superb effort from 25 yards that struck the bar.

But Livingston were looking to extend their lead at the other, with Lawson shooting from the edge of the box, but Bachmann saved well.

Erskine then set up Scott Pittman, but his shot from eight yards was blocked as Livi intensified their search for a decisive second goal.

Yet Kilmarnock almost equalised from a free kick. Brophy fired in from 20 yards and Kelly could only parry the ball into the path of McKenzie, who fired the follow up off the bar.

Livingston remained a threat though, and Kilmarnock defender Stuart Findlay bravely blocked a fierce shot from Scott Tiffoney.

Steve Clarke & Kris Boyd
Steve Clarke's Kilmarnock have now not scored in four games

Erskine leads from front - analysis

This was Livingston's first victory of 2019. Throughout the nine-match winless run, manager Gary Holt had maintained a sense of positivity that things would eventually turn.

A change of shape and a new goalscorer in Erskine clearly played a huge part. Will this be the way of things from now on?

Frustration for Kilmarnock, who suffered a seventh straight match without a win. They hit the woodwork three times, but the bottom line is they have now failed to score in their last four games.

'The lads put in a shift' - reaction

Livingston manager Gary Holt: "We were worthy winners. We had a game plan and it paid off.

"[Erskine] has taken a bit of time to get settled, but we know his qualities and the areas we can get the best out of him. He looked after the ball for us and made good runs into the channels. He can finish and we just need to get him in those areas more.

"We have a working environment here that is enjoyable. Win, lose or draw, we know what we get out of the lads. They put in a shift."

Kilmarnock manager Steve Clarke: "The game could have been a lot different, three times we hit the woodwork.

"I've got nothing but praise for my players, they created chances and sometimes it's not your day. Unfortunately for us, it hasn't been our week.

"Where we are in the league is OK. We don't panic, we look to bounce back."

Line-ups

Livingston

  • 1KellyBooked at 90mins
  • 31Gallagher
  • 26Halkett
  • 4Lithgow
  • 3LamieSubstituted forBrownat 27'minutesBooked at 71mins
  • 33Lawson
  • 7Jacobs
  • 10SibbaldSubstituted forRobinsonat 68'minutes
  • 8Pittman
  • 15Lawless
  • 19ErskineSubstituted forTiffoneyat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Brown
  • 9Hardie
  • 14Odoffin
  • 17Robinson
  • 21Stewart
  • 22Tiffoney
  • 39Wylde

Kilmarnock

  • 26Bachmann
  • 22MillenSubstituted forO'Donnellat 75'minutes
  • 17Findlay
  • 16Boyd
  • 18WatersSubstituted forMillarat 82'minutes
  • 7McKenzie
  • 27Tshibola
  • 24Mulumbu
  • 11Jones
  • 9BoydSubstituted forBurkeat 69'minutes
  • 25Brophy

Substitutes

  • 1MacDonald
  • 2O'Donnell
  • 8Dicker
  • 12Ndjoli
  • 19Millar
  • 21Frizzell
  • 29Burke
Referee:
Andrew Dallas
Attendance:
2,569

Match Stats

Home TeamLivingstonAway TeamKilmarnock
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home9
Away7
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Livingston 1, Kilmarnock 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Livingston 1, Kilmarnock 0.

Booking

Liam Kelly (Livingston) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt blocked. Scott Tiffoney (Livingston) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Liam Millar replaces Calum Waters.

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Scott Tiffoney replaces Chris Erskine.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Ciaron Brown.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Jones (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Stephen O'Donnell replaces Ross Millen.

Attempt missed. Eamonn Brophy (Kilmarnock) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt saved. Eamonn Brophy (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

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

Foul by Craig Halkett (Livingston).

Booking

Ciaron Brown (Livingston) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ciaron Brown (Livingston).

Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Kilmarnock. Chris Burke replaces Kris Boyd.

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Scott Robinson replaces Craig Sibbald.

Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Ross Millen.

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

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

Foul by Aaron Tshibola (Kilmarnock).

Steve Tevi Lawson (Livingston) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Youssouf Mulumbu (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Steve Tevi Lawson (Livingston).

Attempt saved. Steve Tevi Lawson (Livingston) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Craig Sibbald (Livingston).

Calum Waters (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Scott Pittman (Livingston) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Corner, Kilmarnock. Conceded by Ciaron Brown.

Eamonn Brophy (Kilmarnock) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Foul by Craig Halkett (Livingston).

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

Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ciaron Brown (Livingston).

Second Half

Second Half begins Livingston 1, Kilmarnock 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Livingston 1, Kilmarnock 0.

Goal!

Goal! Livingston 1, Kilmarnock 0. Chris Erskine (Livingston) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner.

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic26193460144660
2Rangers26157455203552
3Aberdeen27155745311450
4Kilmarnock27137737271046
5Hearts2713593332144
6Hibernian27108940301038
7St Johnstone27115112734-738
8Motherwell26113122935-636
9Livingston2797112828034
10Dundee2746172456-3218
11Hamilton2653181753-3618
12St Mirren2735192055-3514
View full Scottish Premiership table

Top Stories