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Livingston 0-1 Dundee: Kenny Miller goal gives visitors win

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Highlights: Livingston 0-1 Dundee

Relegated Dundee ended a run of 10 straight defeats with victory at Livingston in their penultimate match of the season.

Former Livi player-manager Kenny Miller was injured in the act of scoring Dundee's opener but was able to carry on until the second half.

Steven Lawless, Scott Pittman and Craig Sibbald threatened for the hosts.

But they could not get level and will finish ninth in their first season back in Scotland's top flight.

Motherwell, with a four-point advantage, can no longer be usurped by Gary Holt's side while Dundee record a win in the Premiership for just a fifth time this term, their last victory also coming against Livingston.

Miller shows his class

Miller ran on to Andrew Nelson's pass to lift the ball over the advancing Liam Kelly and was accidentally caught by the goalkeeper as the shot trickled into the net.

The veteran striker pulled up in pain and was treated at the side of the pitch as play continued.

But the former Scotland forward, who is under contract with Dundee until the end of next season, was still able to show his class when he returned to the fray to lead the line for Jim McIntyre's side.

A superb turn away from his marker in his own half instigated another Dundee attack that ended with Cammy Kerr being foiled by the Livi defence.

Ryan Nelson tested Kelly before half-time and Martin Woods curved a shot wide for the visitors afterwards before substitute Scott Wright had an effort saved when clean through.

Livingston huffed and puffed but could not find the necessary composure in the final third to really trouble Seny Dieng.

Lawless and Pittman fired into the keeper's grasp and Lawless lifted another effort over before sending a further strike wide in the second period.

And Sibbald's late effort was gathered by Dieng to confirm Dundee's win.

Alan Lithgow
Alan Lithgow and Livingston could not get a win in their final home game of the season

Livi lack clinical finish - analysis

BBC Scotland's John Barnes at the Tony Macaroni Arena

It is amazing how football changes. Kenny Miller began the season as Livingston player-manager but this afternoon returned to the Tony Macaroni to score the winner for relegated Dundee.

Livingston were easier on the eye with more controlled possession and a touch more creativity. The only thing lacking was a clinical finish.

The home side's work, though, had already been complete weeks ago as they secured their top-flight status for next season.

Dundee manager Jim McIntyre said prior to the match, which some deemed meaningless, that personal pride was at stake, not only for him, but also for his players to end their losing run. But this was too little too late, with goalkeeper Seny Dieng enjoying his first clean sheet in his 18 appearances since joining on loan from QPR in January.

Dundee had failed to score in seven of their past nine games but one was enough in West Lothian.

'Torture to watch' - reaction

Livingston head coach Gary Holt: "I question - and I've even questioned them there - their desire, their hunger to go and prove that they want to play for this club because that's not acceptable. It was torture, to be honest, to watch.

"I know how well they've done but we've still got to be brave on the pitch, got to take responsibility, go and make things happen."

Dundee manager Jim McIntyre: "It was a scrappy game. The one moment of quality was a brilliant ball from Andrew Nelson and a great finish from Kenny Miller.

"There's a lot of gutted boys in that dressing room from how the season's panned out. None more so than myself. It was all about trying to win and restore a wee bit of pride."

Line-ups

Livingston

  • 1Kelly
  • 31Gallagher
  • 14OdoffinSubstituted forDe Vitaat 54'minutes
  • 4Lithgow
  • 3LamieBooked at 57mins
  • 15Lawless
  • 8Pittman
  • 7Jacobs
  • 10Sibbald
  • 45MengaSubstituted forTiffoneyat 66'minutes
  • 18MillerSubstituted forHardieat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Byrne
  • 9Hardie
  • 21Stewart
  • 22Tiffoney
  • 23De Vita
  • 26Halkett
  • 33Lawson

Dundee

  • 31Dieng
  • 2Kerr
  • 15McGowan
  • 5Kusunga
  • 6O'Dea
  • 3Ralph
  • 4Woods
  • 18McGowanSubstituted forWrightat 44'minutes
  • 16Robson
  • 20MillerSubstituted forO'Sullivanat 58'minutesBooked at 71mins
  • 21NelsonSubstituted forCurranat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Hamilton
  • 7O'Sullivan
  • 10Wright
  • 27Curran
  • 29Horsfield
  • 42Anderson
  • 45Moore
Referee:
Alan Newlands
Attendance:
1,374

Match Stats

Home TeamLivingstonAway TeamDundee
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home13
Away5
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away0
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Livingston 0, Dundee 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Livingston 0, Dundee 1.

Attempt saved. Craig Sibbald (Livingston) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Alan Lithgow (Livingston).

John O'Sullivan (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Raffaele De Vita (Livingston) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Ryan Hardie (Livingston) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Cammy Kerr (Dundee).

Attempt missed. Scott Pittman (Livingston) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Steven Lawless (Livingston) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Scott Wright (Dundee).

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

Foul by Martin Woods (Dundee).

Foul by Craig Sibbald (Livingston).

Martin Woods (Dundee) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Dundee. Jesse Curran replaces Andrew Nelson.

Foul by Steven Lawless (Livingston).

Scott Wright (Dundee) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Scott Wright (Dundee) because of an injury.

Raffaele De Vita (Livingston) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Genséric Kusunga (Dundee).

Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Darren O'Dea.

Attempt missed. Ryan Hardie (Livingston) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Ricki Lamie (Livingston) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

John O'Sullivan (Dundee) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by John O'Sullivan (Dundee).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Andrew Nelson (Dundee) because of an injury.

Declan Gallagher (Livingston) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nathan Ralph (Dundee).

Attempt missed. Steven Lawless (Livingston) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left.

Attempt saved. Scott Wright (Dundee) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Scott Tiffoney replaces Dolly Menga.

Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Nathan Ralph.

Ricki Lamie (Livingston) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Andrew Nelson (Dundee).

Foul by Craig Sibbald (Livingston).

Scott Wright (Dundee) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Ryan Hardie replaces Lee Miller.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic36266475175884
2Rangers36229579255475
3Kilmarnock371810948301864
4Aberdeen371971155431264
5Hibernian3714121150371354
6Hearts37156164148-751
7St Johnstone37157153846-852
8Motherwell37146174354-1148
9Livingston371111154041-144
10Hamilton3686222673-4730
11St Mirren3668222964-3526
12Dundee3756262975-4621
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