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Livingston 2-1 Dundee: Home side clinch seventh after win over relegated Dundee

By Clive LindsayBBC Sport Scotland
Alan Forrest and Andrew Shinnie celebrate
Alan Forrest and Andrew Shinnie scored for Livingston

Livingston secured a seventh-place Scottish Premiership finish with a comeback victory as Dundee ended their one-year stay in the top flight with another disappointing defeat.

Mark McGhee, whose visitors were officially relegated in midweek, finishes his 14-game spell in charge with one win and eight losses.

Josh Mulligan's second-half header looked like it was going to earn Dundee a second straight win, but goals from Andrew Shinnie and Alan Forrest turned the game around.

It means Livingston end the season unbeaten in five games - and in four meetings with Dundee, winning three in a row.

Wednesday's 3-1 win over Hibernian - Dundee's first under McGhee - had come too late to save the manager's job, or the team from relegation, but it was little surprise that he stayed loyal to that winning XI.

David Martindale took the opposite approach, only retaining two of the side that drew with St Mirren in midweek, and the home side looked like a team still finding their feet in the early stages.

Paul McMullan flashed a drive just wide and, from the corner, midfielder Max Anderson's flick on the spin crashed off a post, while Niall McGinn and Ryan Sweeney also both threatened.

Craig Sibbald did fire against the outside of a post at the other end and Dundee survived calls for a red card when Jordan Marshall challenged Cristian Montano when through on goal. The Livingston winger was instead shown a yellow for simulation by referee John Beaton.

Max Stryjek, who Martindale restored to the starting line-up despite expecting the Pole to be sold this summer, was the first goalkeeper to be tested as he superbly pushed a looping McMullan effort over the crossbar.

It was Harrison Sharp's turn to keep the score level when turning an Adam Lewis shot over the crossbar after the on-loan Liverpool full-back's fine one-two with Montano.

Montano volleyed just wide after the break, but it was Dundee who made the breakthrough when Mulligan headed in a Jordan Marshall cross to the back post for the midfielder's third goal of the season.

There was a sentimental moment as goalkeeper Gary Maley was handed his Premiership debut at the age of 39 and the applause was still ringing round the Tony Macaroni when Shinnie knocked in a low Forrest drive from close range.

The winger, who is expected to leave this summer, completed the turnaround moments later with a curling drive and Maley had time to produce his one and only save - and a good one it was as he turned McGinn's effort over the crossbar.

Man of the match - Alan Forrest

Livingston's Alan Forrest scores
Forrest only made a cameo appearance, but the winger made one goal and scored another in what could be his last Livingston appearance

What did we learn?

Winning despite making so many changes shows the depth of the squad Martindale has assembled as Livingston again finished above clubs with higher budgets.

However, the contribution of clever winger Forrest and steady goalkeeper Styjek shows that the manager will again have to show his eye for a bargain in the transfer market to replace two such important players should they leave as expected.

McGhee told BBC Scotland before kick-off that he was "100% behind" Dundee's decision that, in the second tier, they will need a young coach who can contribute more energy on the training ground than a pure team manager.

Veteran midfielder Charlie Adam was unable to lead Dundee to victory as a substitute on this occasion, but his words this week suggest he is angling for a shift into management and will surely be in contention if he throws his hat into the ring.

What they said

Livingston manager David Martindale: "I think that's Alan's last game for Livingston. When players leave, it can be a sore one, but if he is leaving to one of the top four clubs in Scotland, you've just got to wish him well. I know Hearts have an interest along with other clubs. It would be a fantastic move for him if it happens.

"I just hope Sportscene shows big Stretch's save. I played with him at Broxburn, I brought him in seven-and-a-half years ago when I needed a goalkeeper and I've been trying to retire him for four years, but things conspired against us. He is a legend for us and I'm delighted he got on at the end."

Dundee assistant Dave Mackay: "That's another manager gone and it's a disappointing way to end the season. We just have to start our rebuild.

"We are leading but lose two goals in the last 15 minutes and that just about sums up our season."

Player of the match

MaleyGary Maley

with an average of 9.02

Livingston

  1. Squad number36Player nameMaley
    Average rating

    9.02

  2. Squad number22Player nameShinnie
    Average rating

    7.72

  3. Squad number17Player nameForrest
    Average rating

    7.63

  4. Squad number10Player nameSibbald
    Average rating

    7.34

  5. Squad number14Player nameBailey
    Average rating

    7.33

  6. Squad number19Player nameNouble
    Average rating

    7.28

  7. Squad number8Player namePittman
    Average rating

    7.18

  8. Squad number15Player nameBoyes
    Average rating

    7.18

  9. Squad number2Player nameDevlin
    Average rating

    7.17

  10. Squad number16Player nameLewis
    Average rating

    7.02

  11. Squad number5Player nameFitzwater
    Average rating

    7.00

  12. Squad number33Player nameOmeonga
    Average rating

    6.90

  13. Squad number11Player nameCristian Montaño
    Average rating

    6.88

  14. Squad number21Player nameMcMillan
    Average rating

    6.87

  15. Squad number32Player nameStryjek
    Average rating

    6.40

  16. Squad number12Player nameSoto
    Average rating

    6.40

Dundee

  1. Squad number15Player nameMulligan
    Average rating

    5.85

  2. Squad number2Player nameKerr
    Average rating

    5.61

  3. Squad number30Player nameSharp
    Average rating

    5.56

  4. Squad number24Player nameAnderson
    Average rating

    5.33

  5. Squad number18Player nameMcMullan
    Average rating

    5.30

  6. Squad number3Player nameMarshall
    Average rating

    5.28

  7. Squad number77Player nameMcGinn
    Average rating

    5.27

  8. Squad number20Player nameRudden
    Average rating

    5.20

  9. Squad number5Player nameSweeney
    Average rating

    5.13

  10. Squad number6Player nameMcGhee
    Average rating

    5.13

  11. Squad number8Player nameByrne
    Average rating

    4.91

  12. Squad number26Player nameAdam
    Average rating

    4.90

  13. Squad number17Player nameMcCowan
    Average rating

    4.48

  14. Squad number9Player nameMullen
    Average rating

    4.27

  15. Squad number22Player nameDaley-Campbell
    Average rating

    3.94

Line-ups

Livingston

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 32StryjekSubstituted forMaleyat 75'minutes
  • 21McMillanSubstituted forDevlinat 60'minutes
  • 5Fitzwater
  • 15BoyesSubstituted forat 83'minutes
  • 16Lewis
  • 33Omeonga
  • 22Shinnie
  • 14Bailey
  • 10SibbaldSubstituted forPittmanat 69'minutes
  • 11MontañoBooked at 23minsSubstituted forForrestat 60'minutes
  • 12SotoSubstituted forNoubleat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Devlin
  • 3Longridge
  • 6Obileye
  • 8Pittman
  • 17Forrest
  • 18Holt
  • 19Nouble
  • 23Chukwuemeka
  • 36Maley

Dundee

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 30Sharp
  • 2Kerr
  • 6McGhee
  • 5Sweeney
  • 3MarshallBooked at 67minsSubstituted forDaley-Campbellat 76'minutes
  • 8Byrne
  • 18McMullanSubstituted forMcCowanat 45'minutes
  • 15MulliganBooked at 20mins
  • 24AndersonSubstituted forAdamat 76'minutes
  • 77McGinn
  • 20RuddenSubstituted forMullenat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Fontaine
  • 9Mullen
  • 12Chapman
  • 17McCowan
  • 19Robertson
  • 21Lawlor
  • 22Daley-Campbell
  • 26Adam
Referee:
John Beaton
Attendance:
1,629

Match Stats

Home TeamLivingstonAway TeamDundee
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home17
Away19
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home10
Away8
Fouls
Home8
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Livingston 2, Dundee 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Livingston 2, Dundee 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Cammy Kerr.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Cammy Kerr (Dundee) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Luke McCowan with a cross following a corner.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Adam Lewis.

  6. Post update

    Offside, Livingston. Joel Nouble tries a through ball, but Alan Forrest is caught offside.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Daniel Mullen (Dundee) header from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Charlie Adam with a cross following a corner.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Dundee. Conceded by Gary Maley.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Niall McGinn (Dundee) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Daniel Mullen.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Luke McCowan (Dundee) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Charlie Adam.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Daniel Mullen (Dundee) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Luke McCowan.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Ryan Sweeney (Dundee) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Charlie Adam with a cross following a set piece situation.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Stephane Omeonga (Livingston).

  14. Post update

    Cammy Kerr (Dundee) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Josh Mulligan (Dundee) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Vontae Daley-Campbell.

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Livingston 2, Dundee 1. Alan Forrest (Livingston) left footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Odin Bailey.

  17. Post update

    Morgan Boyes went off injured after Livingston had used all subs.

  18. Post update

    Morgan Boyes (Livingston) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Niall McGinn (Dundee).

  20. Post update

    Offside, Livingston. Odin Bailey tries a through ball, but Alan Forrest is caught offside.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Celtic38296392227093
2Rangers38278380314989
3Hearts3817101154441061
4Dundee Utd381212143744-748
5Motherwell381210164261-1946
6Ross County381011174761-1441
7Livingston381310154146-549
8Hibernian381112153842-445
9St Mirren381014143351-1844
10Aberdeen381011174146-541
11St Johnstone38811192451-2735
12Dundee38611213464-3029
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