Scottish Premiership
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By Jamie LyallBBC Scotland

Motherwell are "playing with seven men every week", said manager Stephen Robinson after Livingston fought back to draw at Fir Park on Wednesday.

The hosts led through David Turnbull, then Allan Campbell, but were pegged back twice and are searching for their first Scottish Premiership win.

Robinson expressed his anger after watching his team drop points at home for the second game in a row.

"Some people aren't performing," he told BBC Scotland.

"I've been patient, I've cajoled people, but they've been told tonight that it is simply not good enough. If they want to play for this football club, they will die for this football club.

"This football club has been very good to people and put careers on track and, if everybody gave me what Allan Campbell has on that pitch, we'd be a lot further up that league."

For the breakthrough strike, Turnbull collected the ball on the edge of the box and made space before reversing a gorgeous disguised finish across Robby McCrorie.

It was Motherwell's first goal of the season, Turnbull's first since recovering from the injury that scuppered his transfer to Celtic, and a glimpse of the midfielder's lavish quality.

Two minutes later, though, his side shot themselves in the foot. Former Livingston defender Ricki Lamie swatted a ball clear with his right forearm and Lyndon Dykes bashed in his second spot kick in as many games.

Livingston had the better of a tumultuous first half, with Scott Robinson and Craig Sibbald prominent, and Trevor Carson tipping the latter's fierce drive wide.

However, their shoddiness at the back meant they fell behind again. Christopher Long, with three black jerseys around him, bundled a ball through to Campbell, who lashed across McCrorie.

The second period followed a similar pattern. Alan Forrest went close at one end before Sherwin Seedorf clipped beyond McCrorie, only for Jon Guthrie to hook off the line.

But Forrest hauled Livingston level once more when Carson parried Sibbald's shot from a tight angle across the goalmouth.

Man of the match

Alan Forrest scores for Livingston
Alan Forrest was a persistent menace, frequently bamboozling Ricki Lamie, and capping an effective attacking performance with a crucial goal.

What did we learn?

Motherwell played more agricultural stuff than they delivered for much of last season, frequently going long to Jordan White and feeding off whatever the big striker could serve. Their two goals, though, were classy flourishes from their playmakers.

Livingston gave them a mountain of defensive work to do, Forrest, Robinson and Sibbald fizzing around and often tormenting Lamie and Liam Grimshaw on either flank. In the vital moments, though, they failed to apply a ruthless finish.

What they said

Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson: "I'm happy with the first point, I'm happy that we defended throws OK, I'm happy we handled the physical aspect of Livingston, but that's probably where my happiness ends."

Livi rewarded for 'ugly side of the game' - Holt

Livingston manager Gary Holt: "I said before the game that we needed to get back to getting in people's faces, do the ugly side of the game, and you'll get your rewards. We got that tonight. Rangers come to us on Sunday and they'll know they've been in a battle.

"Tonight it was graft, it was hard work and that's all I ask for. We are a work in progress, but the tenacity and that willingness to help your team-mates out is what we need."

What's next?

A tough assignment for each side. Motherwell travel to high-flying Hibernian on Saturday, while Livingston host league leaders Rangers a day later.

Line-ups

Motherwell

  • 1Carson
  • 2Grimshaw
  • 31Gallagher
  • 16Mugabi
  • 4LamieBooked at 10mins
  • 8TurnbullSubstituted forPolworthat 78'minutes
  • 6Campbell
  • 7O'Hara
  • 17SeedorfSubstituted forHyltonat 77'minutes
  • 99LongSubstituted forHastieat 78'minutes
  • 9WhiteBooked at 61mins

Substitutes

  • 11Hastie
  • 12Fox
  • 14Hylton
  • 15Maguire
  • 19Polworth
  • 21Robinson
  • 26Cornelius
  • 27Johnston
  • 32Watt

Livingston

  • 1McCrorie
  • 5Fitzwater
  • 3BrownSubstituted forAmbroseat 19'minutes
  • 27Guthrie
  • 29Taylor-SinclairSubstituted forMcMillanat 79'minutes
  • 6Bartley
  • 10SibbaldBooked at 40mins
  • 11Forrest
  • 8Pittman
  • 17RobinsonSubstituted forSoudaat 67'minutes
  • 9Dykes

Substitutes

  • 2Devlin
  • 15Poplatnik
  • 18Holt
  • 20Souda
  • 21McMillan
  • 22Tiffoney
  • 25Ambrose
  • 32Stryjek
  • 38Hamilton
Referee:
Colin Steven

Match Stats

Home TeamMotherwellAway TeamLivingston
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home9
Away15
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home13
Away18

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Motherwell 2, Livingston 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Motherwell 2, Livingston 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Jack Fitzwater (Livingston).

  4. Post update

    Bevis Mugabi (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Liam Grimshaw.

  6. Post update

    Marvin Bartley (Livingston) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Jordan White (Motherwell).

  8. Post update

    Offside, Livingston. Scott Pittman tries a through ball, but Aymen Souda is caught offside.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Scott Pittman (Livingston) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Alan Forrest.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Lyndon Dykes (Livingston).

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Lyndon Dykes (Livingston) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Mark O'Hara (Motherwell).

  14. Post update

    Foul by Jack McMillan (Livingston).

  15. Post update

    Liam Polworth (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Livingston. Jack McMillan replaces Aaron Taylor-Sinclair.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Motherwell. Jake Hastie replaces Chris Long.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Motherwell. Liam Polworth replaces David Turnbull.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Motherwell. Jermaine Hylton replaces Sherwin Seedorf.

  20. Post update

    Aaron Taylor-Sinclair (Livingston) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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