Livingston 3 - 1 Partick Thistle

Saturday 11th February 2012
M McNulty (37)
P Watson (45)
K Jacobs (52)
P Cairney (88)

Easy for Livi

Livingston leapfrogged Partick and moved into fourth with a 3-1 win over their Scottish First Division rivals.

The home side went in front after 36 minutes when Liam Fox picked out Marc McNulty to stroke the ball into the bottom corner of the net for his 10th goal of the season.

And the lead was doubled within 20 seconds of the restart as Paul Watson rose highest to head home Robert Barr's corner.

The game was over as a contest in the 52nd minute when Kyle Jacobs fired home from 20 yards to secure the Lions' first win of 2012.

Paul Cairney scored three minutes from time after picking up Kris Doolan's pass and slotting home, but it was merely a consolation for the Jags.

OfficialSteve Conroy
Attendance1,824
VenueAlmondvale Stadium
Kick Off
Livingston 0 - 0 Partick Thistle
1:35
Foul on Kris Doolan
1:41
Free Kick taken by Darren Cole
2:17
Cross from Darren Cole
2:38
Cross from Liam Fox
2:50
Clearance by Paul Cairney
5:20
Foul on Paul Cairney
5:25
Free Kick taken by Stuart Bannigan from the left wing
5:37
Cross from Stuart Bannigan
5:41
Clearance by Jason Talbot
5:56
Cross from Sean Welsh
5:58
Save made by Andrew McNeil
9:10
Foul on Stefan Scougall
9:16
Free Kick taken by Liam Fox
9:55
Shot taken by Liam Fox with his right foot
10:05
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
12:01
Cross from Robert Barr
12:09
Clearance by Paul Paton
12:15
Corner taken by Robert Barr with his right foot from the left byline to the near post
12:41
Clearance by Scott Robertson
12:51
Corner taken by Stefan Scougall using his left foot from the right byline
13:07
Save made by Scott Fox
13:49
Foul on Paul Paton
13:54
Free Kick taken by Scott Fox
14:44
Goal Kick taken by Andrew McNeil
15:36
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
17:01
Shot taken by Liam Fox using his left foot
17:11
Save made by Scott Fox
20:49
Cross from Stuart Bannigan
20:52
Clearance by Kyle Jacobs
21:12
Goal Kick taken by Andrew McNeil
21:51
Shot taken by Robert Barr with his right foot
22:06
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
24:07
Foul on Sean Welsh
24:12
Free Kick taken by Stuart Bannigan
24:57
Shot taken by Stuart Bannigan with his right foot
25:04
Block taken by Keaghan Jacobs
25:09
Goal Kick taken by Andrew McNeil
26:55
Shot taken by Christopher Erskine using his left foot
27:19
Goal Kick taken by Andrew McNeil
29:11
Offside flag raised against Marc McNulty
29:13
Free Kick taken by Scott Fox
30:02
Shot taken by Marc McNulty with his right foot from the right penalty area
30:10
Save made by Scott Fox
30:24
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
31:07
BOOKING: Scott Robertson of Partick Thistle given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
31:28
Foul on Liam Fox
31:33
Free Kick taken by Liam Fox
31:41
Cross from Liam Fox
31:47
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
33:17
Cross from Robert Barr
33:22
Save made by Scott Fox
33:47
Shot taken by Kris Doolan with his right foot
33:54
Block taken by Craig Barr
35:56
Shot taken by Liam Fox with his right foot
36:15
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
36:48
Shot taken by Marc McNulty with his right foot from the right penalty area
36:48
Livingston 1 - 0 Partick Thistle
GOAL scored by Marc McNulty with his right foot from the right penalty area to the bottom left of the goal.
39:11
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
41:11
Foul on Stefan Scougall
41:18
Free Kick taken by Liam Fox
41:47
BOOKING: David Rowson of Partick Thistle given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
42:07
Cross from Liam Fox
42:12
Save made by Scott Fox
42:38
Cross from Stuart Bannigan
42:42
Save made by Andrew McNeil
43:10
Offside flag raised against Christopher Erskine
43:11
Free Kick taken by Ross Docherty
Half Time
Livingston 1 - 0 Partick Thistle
45:01
Substitution for Partick Thistle: Christie Elliot on for David Rowson
Second Half Started
Livingston 1 - 0 Partick Thistle
45:18
Corner taken by Robert Barr with his right foot from the left byline
45:39
Shot taken by Paul Watson from the centre penalty area
45:39
Livingston 2 - 0 Partick Thistle
GOAL scored by Paul Watson from the centre penalty area to the top left of the goal.
46:14
BOOKING: Paul Watson of Livingston given yellow card for unsporting behaviour
46:45
Foul on Kris Doolan
46:48
Free Kick taken by Paul Cairney
46:58
Cross from Paul Cairney
47:02
Clearance by Kyle Jacobs
47:23
Corner taken by Stefan Scougall using his left foot from the right byline
47:47
Shot taken by Craig Barr using his left foot from the centre penalty area
48:03
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
48:25
Shot taken by Christie Elliot with his right foot from the left penalty area
48:34
Block taken by Robert Barr
48:40
Foul on Ross Docherty
48:44
Free Kick taken by Andrew McNeil
50:48
Foul on Liam Fox
50:53
Free Kick taken by Liam Fox from the right wing
51:41
Shot taken by Paul Watson with his right foot
51:41
Livingston 3 - 0 Partick Thistle
GOAL scored by Kyle Jacobs with his right foot to the bottom left of the goal.
52:46
Foul on Darren Cole
52:50
Free Kick taken by Darren Cole
52:59
Foul on Stefan Scougall
53:04
Free Kick taken by Craig Barr
55:12
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
55:15
Substitution for Partick Thistle: Gavin Griffin on for Stuart Bannigan
56:35
Shot taken by Robert Barr with his right foot
56:49
Save made by Scott Fox
56:54
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
57:43
Cross from Stephen O'Donnell
57:49
Save made by Andrew McNeil
59:28
Shot taken by Liam Fox with his right foot
59:40
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
60:19
Cross from Gavin Griffin
60:23
Shot taken by Christie Elliot from the centre penalty area
60:31
Save made by Andrew McNeil
62:46
Goal Kick taken by Andrew McNeil
62:58
Substitution for Partick Thistle: Kal Naismith on for Sean Welsh
65:32
Foul on Keaghan Jacobs
65:42
Free Kick taken by Liam Fox from the right wing
66:02
Corner taken by Robert Barr with his right foot from the left byline
66:18
Shot taken by Liam Fox using his left foot
66:30
Goal Kick taken by Scott Fox
67:55
Foul on Robert Barr
68:02
Free Kick taken by Liam Fox from the right wing
68:29
Cross from Liam Fox
68:34
Clearance by Darren Cole
69:37
Substitution for Livingston: Iain Russell on for Marc McNulty
73:45
Foul on Ross Docherty
73:51
BOOKING: Kal Naismith of Partick Thistle given yellow card for dissent
73:58
Free Kick taken by Andrew McNeil
75:27
Goal Kick taken by Andrew McNeil
76:39
Shot taken by Kal Naismith with his right foot
77:06
Goal Kick taken by Andrew McNeil
77:21
Foul on Stephen O'Donnell
77:29
Free Kick taken by Scott Fox
78:40
Shot taken by Iain Russell with his right foot from the left penalty area
78:51
Block taken by Darren Cole
78:58
Corner taken by Robert Barr with his right foot from the left byline
79:10
Save made by Scott Fox
79:47
Corner taken by Robert Barr with his right foot from the left byline short of the target
80:16
Substitution for Livingston: Dean Cummings on for Liam Fox
80:18
Offside flag raised against Keaghan Jacobs
80:21
Free Kick taken by Scott Fox
81:59
Shot taken by Christopher Erskine with his right foot
82:08
Goal Kick taken by Andrew McNeil
82:58
Foul on Stefan Scougall
83:15
Free Kick taken by Stefan Scougall
83:25
Foul on Kal Naismith
83:32
Free Kick taken by Gavin Griffin
83:46
Cross from Gavin Griffin
83:49
Clearance by Paul Watson
84:34
Foul on Paul Paton
84:38
Free Kick taken by Paul Paton
86:34
Shot taken by Robert Barr using his left foot from the centre penalty area
86:42
Save made by Scott Fox
87:05
Shot taken by Paul Cairney with his right foot from the centre penalty area
87:05
Livingston 3 - 1 Partick Thistle
GOAL scored by Paul Cairney with his right foot from the centre penalty area going centre low of the goal.
88:09
Substitution for Livingston: Dylan Easton on for Stefan Scougall
89:32
Offside flag raised against Christopher Erskine
89:35
Free Kick taken by Andrew McNeil
90:00+1:12
Goal Kick taken by Andrew McNeil
Full Time
Livingston 3 - 1 Partick Thistle

Livingston

vs

Partick Thistle

3
Goals
1
3
Assists
1
14
Shots
8
8
On Target
3
6
Off Target
5
6
Crosses
9
7
Corners
0
31
Throw Ins
29
4
Saves
8
4
Clearances
4
9
Goal Kicks
12
3
Blocks
1
12
Free Kicks
11
2
Offside
2
1
Yellow Cards
3

Livingston

Formation: 4-3-3

01.Andrew McNeil
02.Ross Docherty
03.Craig Barr
04.Paul Watson (46+0: Unsporting behaviour)
05.Jason Talbot
06.Keaghan Jacobs
07.Liam Fox 81+0' Tactical
08.Stefan Scougall 89+0' Tactical
09.Robert Barr
10.Kyle Jacobs
11.Marc McNulty 70+0' Tactical

Substitutes

12.Darren Jamieson
13.Callum Fordyce
14.Dean Cummings 81+0' Tactical
15.Iain Russell 70+0' Tactical
16.Dylan Easton 89+0' Tactical

Partick Thistle

Formation: 4-4-2

01.Scott Fox
02.Stephen O'Donnell
03.Darren Cole
04.Paul Paton
05.Scott Robertson (32+0: Unsporting behaviour)
06.Paul Cairney
07.Sean Welsh 63+0' Tactical
08.David Rowson (42+0: Unsporting behaviour) 45+0' Tactical
09.Stuart Bannigan 56+0' Tactical
10.Kris Doolan
11.Christopher Erskine

Substitutes

12.Ryan Scully
13.Gavin Griffin 56+0' Tactical
14.Thomas Stewart
15.Christie Elliot 45+0' Tactical
16.Kal Naismith (74+0: Dissent) 63+0' Tactical

Welsh aims for winning start

Livingston begin life after the dismissal of manager Gary Bollan against Partick, and Jason Talbot is included in their matchday squad after recovering from the head injury he picked up against Ross County.

Head of youth Brian Welsh is in charge and, as far as he is concerned, his presence is only for the short-term.

He said: "I had a spell in charge at Cowdenbeath and have no desire to return to football management. I am also moving to America very soon to take up a coaching job so this is short-term.

"It may be short-term but I still want Livingston to win this one. We defeated Partick here earlier in the season and everyone will settle for a repeat of that."

Partick include midfielder Sean Welsh in their squad after the Hibernian youngster joined the Firhill club on loan earlier this week.

Captain Alan Archibald is missing because of suspension and full-back Aaron Sinclair is a doubt with a hamstring problem.

Jags manager Jackie McNamara said: "Livingston will be looking for a response from their players after Gary Bollan left office and we need to be ready for that and then go about our business in our normal manner.

"As far as I am concerned this game is about what we do. We have not played now for three weeks, so everyone is desperate to get going again and it would be great to get back to playing with a win."

Shots

Saves

Yellow Cards

As it stood

PosTeam Pld GD Pts
1 Ross County 20 18 41
2 Falkirk 22 7 36
3 Dundee 22 10 35
4 Up Livingston 22 -3 29
5 Down Partick Thistle 21 4 27
6 Down Hamilton Accies 21 0 27
7 Morton 21 -6 27
8 Raith Rovers 22 -6 22
9 Queen of South 23 -8 22
10 Ayr United 20 -16 20

Updated 11/02/2012 at 17:03