A victory, one winning goal and a thunder twat into the top pokie later, Jack Stobbs will always be able to look back on his Livingston debut with fondness.
The Sheffield Wednesday loanee appeared from the bench in the first half during his first appearance for Gary Holt’s men against Ross County. It was an emphatic performance from the West Lothian side, who ran out 4-1 victors in the Highlands.
It was a great team performance, perhaps their best since promotion to the Premiership last season. Stobbs in particular though will remember his trip to Dingwall.
Stobbs could be a big player for Livingston
Whilst both Livi and the Staggies are evenly matched, this was a shock victory of sorts. Their Highland triumph was a year to the date of their last league away victory, a 2-0 win over St Mirren (Transfermarkt).
Ross County also boast a decent home record of late, with defeat to Livingston seeing them take nothing away from a home tie for the first time since November 2018 (Transfermarkt).
Stobbs was fantastic. He showed great pace and trickery that the County backline failed to deal with for the entire 50 minutes he was on the park.
Whilst the 22-year-old obviously needs some time to get up to speed, he still made a great impression on the loyal travelling support.
His crowning moment was his goal and what a hit it was. A looping ball came from the left and the Owls loanee caught it on the volley. As the Livingston Twitter eloquently put it, Stobbs ‘thunder twatted’ the ball into the top corner.
It’s a goal of the season contender and a glimpse of what he is capable of. It was a big goal for him personally, as that was the first of his senior career (Transfermarkt). He’ll not score many better throughout his time as a footballer.
His parent club Sheffield Wednesday will have been impressed with Stobbs’ first match as a Livi player. He’ll look to build on that next week against St Mirren for what could be his home debut in Livingston colours.