Same old story for sorry Livingston

Danny Mullen scored for Livingston
Danny Mullen scored for Livingston
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Livingston’s position in the Championship is becoming more perilous by the week after Saturday’s home 2-1 defeat by fellow basement-battlers Dumbarton further entrenched the Lions in the relegation play-off zone.

Without a win in the league in over two months, Livi somehow managed to emerge pointless despite going ahead through Danny Mullen and dominating for long spells against the visiting outfit.

With a trip to bottom club Cowdenbeath beckoning this weekend, the prospect of a third consecutive defeat doesn’t bear thinking about.

But it is the West Lothian side’s inability to kill off teams when in the ascendency that is proving so destructive, as McGlynn alluded to afterwards.

“I thought in the first half we were excellent and probably deserved to be further ahead,” he said, “but when we come under pressure we need to be stronger. We’re losing goals when teams aren’t in the game so it’s disappointing to be in a winning position and then let it go.

“We could see the team played some great football in the first half so we’re not that far away. We just have to kill teams off and defend better – it’s not rocket science to be honest. It’s the same story it has been for weeks now and it’s got to change.”

Myles Hippolyte was given a rare start up front in favour of out-of-sorts striker Jordan White and it was the Englishman who had the first sight of goal after just ten minutes with a free header that went wide.

Nonetheless, the hosts were too often invading the Sons’ penalty area, much to the dismay of an animated Ian Murray in the visiting dugout and the former Hibs captain was left angered after Mullen converted the opener just before the half-hour mark.

Hippolyte gathered the ball in his stride after Dumbarton defender Andy Graham had slipped and played in his team-mate, who still had a considerable amount to do as he worked his way back across the box before dispatching a low drive into the net from eight yards.

Gary Glen then headed the ball back off goalkeeper Jamie Ewings’ crossbar from a Hippolyte cross as Livi threatened to take a two-goal lead.

The home side were, however, left to rue an error on the assistant referee’s part seven minutes after the restart as Keaghan Jacobs’ deft chip over Ewings after latching onto Hippolyte’s through ball was wrongly ruled out for offside – a decision that incensed McGlynn.

“It was the same in the Scottish Cup a couple of weeks ago,” he said. “One of our players was through and scored a goal and that was ruled offside when he wasn’t. It’s changed the game and cost us as they got their equaliser soon after.”

Keaghan’s brother Kyle came agonisingly close to doubling his side’s advantage, but was denied by a point-blank save from Ewings before Livi’s misfortunes resurfaced.

The home side’s rearguard failed to clear a routine corner from the right and Garry Fleming was left unmarked at the back post before rifling the ball high into the net for a rather fortuitous equaliser.

And it was left to Mitch Megginson to deepen Livi’s woes with a neat winner on the turn 19 minutes from time that left a chorus of boos echoing around West Lothian as McGlynn and his players trudged down the tunnel.

Livingston: Jamieson, Talbot, Fordyce, Kyle Jacobs, Keaghan Jacobs, O’Brien, Robertson (White 73), Hippolyte, Glen, Mullen, Rutherford (Ogleby 80). Subs: Grant, Praprotnik, Beaumont, Currie, Cook.

Dumbarton: Ewings, Graham, Mair, Turner, Gilhaney, Agnew, Nish, Megginson (MacDonald 90), Taggart, Fleming (Campbell 78), McDougall (Fitzpatrick 87). Subs: Grindlay, Van Zanten, McLaughlin.

Attendance: 1020

Referee: Stephen Finnie.