It was a pacey start to this game, David Turnbull scoring his first Premiership goal since returning from injury after eight minutes. Lyndon Dykes hit back instantly from the spot two minutes later before Motherwell got back in front after the half-hour mark, Allan Campbell this time getting a Well goal from midfield. Livi were to level in the second half through Alan Forrest and it split the spoils.
Sibbald was first to go close as his effort was deflected wide following slack Well defending. It was the home team to have a go next, Turnbull’s good ball in had to be turned away by Ciaron Brown following this as Sherwin Seedorf had a tap-in waiting
Turnbull would have his big moment after creating Motherwell’s first big opening. Some slack defending at the back allowed the influential playmaker to get a grip of the ball and blast into the bottom corner. This lead was to last all of two minutes.
Handball was given against former Lion Ricki Lamie in the box and Dykes was given the task of providing an instant leveler from the penalty spot. The in-demand forward dispatched it perfectly as the game instantly had a fire set under it.
Action was going back and forth after the opening 10 minutes of goals. Livingston were certainly having a go at Motherwell but that in some ways that suited the home side as that meant they could implement their trademark counter-attack more.
Forrest almost had the ball on a plate for Scott Robinson just before the half-hour mark as the Lions attacker tried to stretch for the empty net, but Liam Grimshaw did well to block. Livi were getting into the Well box more and more but it was the home side who hit next.
Campbell did brilliantly to find space in behind Holt’s defence after another slack error, firing past Robby McCrorie in style. Livingston were still threatening and came very close through a deflected Sibbald effort, Robinson’s side just about scrambling the resulting corner clear.
Jack Fitzwater was next to test the goal but his header soared over the bar. The away team were far from out as the half time whilst was blown, having most of the ball during the second half’s opening stages. It had the feeling, that one way or another, more goals were in this game.
White came so close to making it 3-1, Turnbull’s cross finding the former Lion who had his effort deflected just wide. Seedorf came even closer a few minutes later, his chip cleared off the line by Fitzwater as Motherwell looked to be in the counter-attacking ascendency.
Livingston had other ideas. Forrest notched his first Premiership goal, firing from close range after a loose ball into the six-yard area. Motherwell looked content to hold on and hit on the counter but things had to change after this setback.
Motherwell made an attacking triple change to try and get all three points but in the end nobody could find a winner as waits for wins go on. Here are three things we learned.
Point is fair
Robinson said after the Dundee United match that his side weren’t clinical enough, looking for that perfect goal. Tonight against Livi they improved upon their attack vastly, but Livi were up for the fight too.
Over the piece Holt’s side caused their opponents a multitude of problems, Motherwell not doing enough to hold on despite improving going forward.
Both would have liked three points right enough with tough matches against Hibs and Rangers respectively this weekend.
White changes Well dynamic
Motherwell’s summer recruit from Inverness was given his first start and it made a telling difference. His link-up play with the attacking entourage was decent and it gave others somebody to play off in attack.
He was unlucky to score too as he troubled his former side throughout. It’s a positive for Robinson on a night of frustration.
Better from Livi
Livingston needed a response from Saturday’s 4-1 drubbing at Hibs’ hands. Holt will be annoyed with the manner of goals conceded but overall his side looked a bit more like themselves in Lanarkshire.
They fought resiliently and on another day could have had three points. They’ll likely be content with their point.