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Livingston 0-1 St Mirren: Ethan Erhahon goal difference as visitors take points

By Jack HerrallBBC Sport Scotland
Ethan Erhahon claimed his first goal of the campaign
Ethan Erhahon claimed his first goal of the campaign

St Mirren stretched their unbeaten run to five games as faltering Livingston returned to losing ways in the Scottish Premiership.

Ethan Erhahon's first-half strike, which should have been saved by Max Stryjek, was the only goal of the game at the Tony Macaroni Arena.

But a string of smart Jak Alnwick saves at the other end helped his side hold on for all thee points.

Livingston have won just one game in eight, and sit a point off bottom.

St Mirren surge into seventh, level on points with Celtic, who play tomorrow.

Both sides took their time to warm up and the game didn't spark into life until on-loan Birmingham City winger Odin Bailey drove into the box from the left-hand side.

He dipped his shoulder and burned past the defender, but his powerful shot was equally met by goalkeeper Alnwick.

Alan Forrest then took the ball down the same left flank and pinned Alan Power back into his box, and the deflected cross forced the St Mirren keeper to tip it over the bar.

Livingston had double the attempts, and attempts on target, of their opponents all afternoon but failed to show a cutting edge when they found themselves in front of goal.

A swift counter-attacking breakaway from St Mirren after a corner sent Conor Ronan breaking down the middle of the park at pace, he gave the ball to Marcus Fraser who then fed Erhahon on the left. His shot inexplicably beat Stryjek.

The Livingston goalkeeper looked unconvincing at kick outs at times, and Erhahon's strike for the goal slipped right underneath the Polish shot-stopper.

On the stroke of half-time Livingston somehow failed to score after a corner kick was headed back across the goalmouth, but Jamie McGrath was well situated on the post to kick the ball into touch.

The sun came out as the second half got underway and Jackson Longridge made a bright start. Three defenders were disposed of as he twisted his way into the box, but the ever-present Alnwick was there to deny him.

Bailey then found himself in acres of space on the penalty spot with a huge opportunity after a cross was deflected his way. He laced his shot and it was blocked by Joe Shaughnessy, but had there been more composure from Bailey, Livingston could have pulled level.

Scott Tanser whipped in a late set-piece to the middle of the Livingston box, but Shaughnessy whose close-range effort was fired narrowly over the bar.

Man of the match - Jak Alnwick

Jak Alnwick
Jak Alnwick was pivotal to St Mirren's victory with a string of impressive saves

What did we learn?

St Mirren had to weather a storm from Livingston for large parts of the game and their goalkeeper was the only thing stopping them from losing multiple goals.

Martindale's men played some excellent football but a lack of any clinical finishing had them ruing all of their chances.

Injuries are already impacting Livingston this season, and with Andrew Shinnie and Jack McMillan limping off today, the international break could be coming at the ideal time for them.

What did they say

Livingston boss David Martindale: "We just need to trust the process. This is why we take every game in isolation. We'll deal with it on Monday morning.

"There's no denying we're sitting 10th in the league and are probably everybody's bet for relegation. Yes, there are aspirations to do better."

St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin: "Very rarely do you come here and see a free-flowing game of football. Obviously, the surface isn't ideal and Livingston are a very hard-working, well-organised, in-your-face team.

"It was quite scrappy at times, I thought we got the goal at a really good time in the game as well. Overall I'm delighted with the clean-sheet, effort and commitment of the players. Really pleased with the end result."

What's next?

Livingston travel to Perth to face St Johnstone on Saturday 16th October (15:00 BST). At the same time, St Mirren are in Dingwall to face Ross County.

Player of the match

ErhahonEthan Erhahon

with an average of 8.29

Livingston

  1. Squad number32Player nameStryjek
    Average rating

    5.62

  2. Squad number14Player nameBailey
    Average rating

    5.20

  3. Squad number21Player nameMcMillan
    Average rating

    5.11

  4. Squad number5Player nameFitzwater
    Average rating

    5.02

  5. Squad number33Player nameOmeonga
    Average rating

    5.00

  6. Squad number29Player namePenrice
    Average rating

    4.94

  7. Squad number3Player nameLongridge
    Average rating

    4.93

  8. Squad number6Player nameObileye
    Average rating

    4.87

  9. Squad number17Player nameForrest
    Average rating

    4.86

  10. Squad number22Player nameShinnie
    Average rating

    4.80

  11. Squad number18Player nameHolt
    Average rating

    4.75

  12. Squad number23Player nameHamilton
    Average rating

    3.79

  13. Squad number2Player nameDevlin
    Average rating

    3.61

  14. Squad number9Player nameAnderson
    Average rating

    3.24

St Mirren

  1. Squad number16Player nameErhahon
    Average rating

    8.29

  2. Squad number43Player nameRonan
    Average rating

    8.23

  3. Squad number7Player nameMcGrath
    Average rating

    8.23

  4. Squad number4Player nameShaughnessy
    Average rating

    8.15

  5. Squad number5Player nameMcCarthy
    Average rating

    8.05

  6. Squad number6Player namePower
    Average rating

    8.02

  7. Squad number9Player nameBrophy
    Average rating

    8.01

  8. Squad number3Player nameTanser
    Average rating

    7.98

  9. Squad number22Player nameFraser
    Average rating

    7.96

  10. Squad number44Player nameMillar
    Average rating

    7.80

  11. Squad number10Player nameMain
    Average rating

    7.47

  12. Squad number17Player nameMcAllister
    Average rating

    7.22

  13. Squad number23Player nameErwin
    Average rating

    6.57

  14. Squad number1Player nameAlnwick
    Average rating

    5.96

Line-ups

Livingston

Formation 4-3-3

  • 32Stryjek
  • 21McMillanSubstituted forDevlinat 64'minutes
  • 5Fitzwater
  • 6Obileye
  • 3LongridgeBooked at 78mins
  • 33Omeonga
  • 18Holt
  • 29Penrice
  • 17ForrestBooked at 80mins
  • 22ShinnieSubstituted forAndersonat 51'minutes
  • 14BaileySubstituted forHamiltonat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Devlin
  • 9Anderson
  • 11Montaño
  • 12Williamson
  • 23Hamilton
  • 24Kelly
  • 36Maley

St Mirren

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1Alnwick
  • 4Shaughnessy
  • 5McCarthy
  • 22Fraser
  • 44MillarSubstituted forMcAllisterat 75'minutes
  • 6Power
  • 16Erhahon
  • 3Tanser
  • 7McGrath
  • 43RonanSubstituted forMainat 64'minutes
  • 9BrophySubstituted forErwinat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Tait
  • 8Flynn
  • 10Main
  • 15Reid
  • 17McAllister
  • 23Erwin
  • 26Lyness
Referee:
Grant Irvine
Attendance:
1,627

Match Stats

Home TeamLivingstonAway TeamSt Mirren
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home13
Away7
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away1
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Livingston 0, St. Mirren 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Nicky Devlin (Livingston) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Lee Erwin (St. Mirren).

  5. Post update

    Foul by Jackson Longridge (Livingston).

  6. Post update

    Jamie McGrath (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by James Penrice (Livingston).

  8. Post update

    Scott Tanser (St. Mirren) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  9. Post update

    Hand ball by Conor McCarthy (St. Mirren).

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, St. Mirren. Lee Erwin replaces Eamonn Brophy.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Jackson Longridge (Livingston).

  12. Post update

    Alan Power (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Alan Power.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Marcus Fraser.

  15. Booking

    Alan Forrest (Livingston) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Alan Forrest (Livingston).

  17. Post update

    Ethan Erhahon (St. Mirren) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jason Holt (Livingston) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alan Forrest.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Bruce Anderson (Livingston) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Hamilton.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Livingston. Jack Hamilton replaces Odin Bailey.

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