David Martindale says Livingston have to take pride in their clean sheet tally – but they are losing a key part in that with Ciaron Brown heading back to Cardiff City.

The Lions drew 0-0 with Aberdeen on Saturday, a ninth clean sheet during Martindale’s reign as boss. He is still to taste defeat out of those 13 matches.

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A 0-0 draw with the Dons. (Photo by Alan Harvey/SNS Group via Getty Images)

And the record of goals conceded is something Livi should be proud of: “We got into half-decent areas but we never really maximised that. When JET (Jay Emmanuel-Thomas) came on we held the ball up and got the switch of play out to the left-back and the right-back but we need to do a wee bit better in the final third. But there wasn’t much in the game.

“If you ask Derek (McInnes, Aberdeen manager) he will say the same thing – that a draw was probably the fair result. That is nine clean sheets in 13 games and they have to take a lot of pride in that because that is an incredible stat.”

 

They are losing part of their defence though, left-sided defender Brown recalled from his loan by Cardiff City. Martindale hopes it’s the right call for the defender: “We got the heads up a few weeks ago, that’s why Jackson Longridge came back into the club.

Brown's back with Cardiff City.

Brown’s back with Cardiff City. (Photo by Paul Devlin/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“If Neil Harris had still been at the club (former Bluebirds manager) , I have a good relationship with Neil, I think we might have been able to keep him for another six months. It’s not to be but I’m more than happy with Jackson Longridge and Julien Serrano.  I just hope he goes down there and gets a fair crack of the whip this time.”

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