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St Mirren 1-0 Livingston: Richard Tait marks debut with winner

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Highlights: St Mirren 1-0 Livingston

Livingston head coach Gary Holt urged his players to "put the work in" after their opening day defeat by St Mirren.

Richard Tait's debut goal gave the Paisley side a winning start to the Scottish Premiership season.

Craig Sibbald and Alan Forrest almost levelled for the visitors before the former was forced off injured on a frustrating day for Livingston.

"Go and grab the game by the scruff, not wait and watch somebody else do it," said Holt.

"I don't think we deserved to win the game, I don't think we deserved to lose it.

"We have to put the work in and I don't think we put the work in first half to win the game."

The lack of supporters and match practice clearly had an impact, but Jamie McGrath sparked the game into life with a lovely chip into the Livingston box to find Tait, who had stayed forward following a set play and was well-placed to divert into the net.

Sibbald's shot off the outside of a post, Forrest's saved effort after he had skipped in between two defenders, and a Jon Guthrie header over were the visitors' best efforts but on the whole they struggled to convert pressure into chances.

Tait almost added an assist to his goal when his cross eventually found its way to substitute Junior Morias, who struck the frame of the goal from near the penalty spot.

A possible handball shout against Sam Foley followed an earlier penalty appeal against Tait, with referee Don Robertson allowing play to continue on both occasions.

Man of the match - Richard Tait

Richard Tait celebrates
When you're a right-back making his debut at left-back and you score the winner, you're man of the match

What did we learn?

St Mirren's summer signings of Alnwick and seasoned Premiership campaigners Marcus Fraser, Joe Shaughnessy and Tait may have given their back line a new look but the tactical approach from Jim Goodwin is unchanged. His side gave little away at the back and are always looking to counter attack.

Livingston, too, have changed little since March but, on this evidence, Forrest and Sibbald will need to offer Lyndon Dykes more support in attack if the coveted striker is to better last season's goal tally of 11.

What did they say?

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St Mirren defence 'outstanding' - Goodwin

St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin: "It wasn't pretty but to keep a clean sheet is very pleasing.

"It's the most confident I've felt on the touchline. My two centre-halves were outstanding in particular. We can do better on the ball. Today was about digging out a result."

Livingston head coach Gary Holt: "It's the first game. A wake-up call first and foremost. Second half we were in the ascendancy.

"It was certainly a handball from Foley at the end. On another day, the decision goes for you. But we don't look for excuses. The lack of fans is an excuse."

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What's next?

St Mirren are the season's first competitive visitors to Rangers' Ibrox Stadium next Sunday, while Livingston play their first home league match against Hibernian on Saturday.

Line-ups

St Mirren

  • 1Alnwick
  • 22Fraser
  • 5McCarthyBooked at 13mins
  • 4Shaughnessy
  • 2TaitBooked at 90mins
  • 16Foley
  • 14MacPhersonBooked at 79mins
  • 10McAllisterSubstituted forMoriasat 61'minutes
  • 17McGrath
  • 11DurmusSubstituted forThorvaldssonat 77'minutes
  • 9Obika

Substitutes

  • 15Baird
  • 19Morias
  • 23Thorvaldsson
  • 25Erhahon
  • 26Lyness
  • 27Urminsky
  • 30Henderson
  • 33Jamieson
  • 35Jack

Livingston

  • 1McCrorie
  • 5Fitzwater
  • 27Guthrie
  • 29Taylor-SinclairSubstituted forSoudaat 83'minutes
  • 2Devlin
  • 6Bartley
  • 10SibbaldSubstituted forRobinsonat 68'minutes
  • 25AmbroseBooked at 90mins
  • 8Pittman
  • 11ForrestSubstituted forKouider-Aissaat 61'minutesBooked at 84mins
  • 9Dykes

Substitutes

  • 16Crawford
  • 17Robinson
  • 19Kouider-Aissa
  • 20Souda
  • 21McMillan
  • 22Tiffoney
  • 32Stryjek
  • 38Hamilton
  • 39Pignatiello
Referee:
Don Robertson
Attendance:
50

Match Stats

Home TeamSt MirrenAway TeamLivingston
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home5
Away12
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away5
Fouls
Home16
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, St. Mirren 1, Livingston 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, St. Mirren 1, Livingston 0.

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Foul by Aymen Souda (Livingston).

  5. Post update

    Sam Foley (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  6. Booking

    Efe Ambrose (Livingston) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Efe Ambrose (Livingston).

  8. Post update

    Junior Morias (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Booking

    Richard Tait (St. Mirren) is shown the yellow card.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Sam Foley (St. Mirren).

  12. Post update

    Foul by Nicky Devlin (Livingston).

  13. Post update

    Jonathan Obika (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Jon Guthrie (Livingston) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Jonathan Obika (St. Mirren).

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Joe Shaughnessy (St. Mirren) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Cameron MacPherson with a cross following a set piece situation.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Marvin Bartley (Livingston).

  18. Post update

    Richard Tait (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  19. Booking

    Salim Kouider-Aissa (Livingston) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Salim Kouider-Aissa (Livingston).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hibernian11002113
2Rangers11001013
3St Mirren11001013
4Dundee Utd10101101
5St Johnstone10101101
6Celtic00000000
7Hamilton00000000
8Motherwell00000000
9Ross County00000000
10Kilmarnock100112-10
11Aberdeen100101-10
12Livingston100101-10
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