CRAIG BARR reckons Livingston proved they’re no pushovers as the Lions grabbed a 1-0 win over promotion hopefuls Dunfermline at East End Park.
A Tony Andreu goal was enough to see Gareth Evans’ men secure all three points, with an organised and resilient display proving more than a match for the home side’s probing in attack.
While Barr knows Livi might be known for playing good football, he admitted the win revealed another side to the West Lothian outfit.
He said: “One thing we’re not renowned for is maybe grinding out results. People think we might be walked over, but today we showed we can mix it up. We can defend well and get a clean sheet.
“It wasn’t just us defenders. The boys up top worked hard and made it difficult for them and it showed.
“It was a good win for us and a big three points. It’s a hard place to come.
“I think in the back of our minds we knew what had happened here last time with the 4-0 loss and we wanted to make amends.
“It wasn’t pretty, but as Burton O’Brien’s just said, last week we played better against Morton and we lost. You take the three points. We played as a unit, we were compact and defended from the top and made it hard for them to break us down.
“It was a good goal too for us and a massive win.”
Dunfermline threatened first on five minutes when Joe Cardle bore down on Andy McNeil and beat the keeper with a glorious curling shot – but Jesus Garcia Tena acrobatically headed off the line.
Livi built on that moment and responded through Andreu, as a cross went deep and was retrieved by the Frenchman down Dunfermline’s right.
He surged into the box, but saw his angled drive slapped away by Paul Gallacher.
The visitors – and Andreu – came again though to take the lead on 21 mintues.
Marc McNulty twisted and turned in the box to hit the byline, before showing composure to lay the ball off to Andreu who finished from five yards.
The Pars looked for a leveller and as the game progressed, Cardle twice was denied by McNeil, while a Ryan Thomson goal was ruled offside.