Two goals in as many minutes from Scott Tiffoney and Alan Forrest had Livi in cruise control at half time. They would ease over the finishing line too, Callum Davidson’s side doing very little to clearly trouble the home goal. A win puts the West Lothian club in ninth whilst St Johnstone drop to tenth.
Both teams headed into this needing a win. Livi had one win from their opening eight matches whilst St Johnstone were looking to find joy in front of goal, scoring once in their last five, four 1-0 defeats being had in that time.
It was a largely uneventful opening 30 minutes. Stevie May had a couple of chances for the away team but nothing clear, his Saints teammate Craig Conway putting a few nice crosses into the box.
The game was a hard watch but two minutes of Livi magic sparked it into life. Tiffoney netted after 33 minutes, a swift home counter-attack that was started by goalkeeper Robby McCrorie finished off with a nice low effort.
A minute later it was two. Manager Gary Holt must have loved the second goal, a cross from the left laid off by Tiffoney, Forrest curling the ball brilliantly into the left-hand corner past Zander Clark.
The second half begun with Holt’s men in a commanding position, McCrorie not really tested at all in the first half minus a few half-chances. Similar to the first 45, this one started as an even contest with not much happening.
Neither team created many chances, and whilst for Livi it wasn’t as much of a necessity, for St Johnstone it was. No clear chances to test Scotland’s U21 goalkeeper were presenting themselves for the Saints.
That was until the 73rd minute. A corner wasn’t properly dealt with by Livingston, Callum Hendry’s curling shot needing headed off the line by Jason Holt.
In the end Livingston coasted over the finishing line with a 2-0 victory despite late Saints pressure. A pleasing day for Holt, Davidson is again left wondering how his team can get firing in front of goal. Here are three things we learned.
Quickfire double seals victory
As soon as Livi got two in front it looked like a very hard ask for the Saints to score three and so it proved. At the moment, they could be doing with scoring at least one to lift morale.
Despite the performances from both teams being fairly even over the course of the 90 minutes, Holt’s team took it away from their visitors inside a couple of first half minutes. After that, there only looked like one winner.
Something’s missing for Saints
St Johnstone look fairly comfortable in defence and attack but up top there’s something missing. That’s now one goal in six games for Davidson’s side, not really creating much in front of goal in West Lothian.
With decent attacking options on paper like Michael O’Halloran, Hendry and May, the St Johnstone boss will be wondering how he manages to get his side clicking in front of goal.
Livi’s young forward will be delighted with his afternoon’s work. When the opportunities arose for him to cause trouble in the final third, he took them, leading to a goal and assist for his efforts.
With Holt’s striker spot up for grabs, Tiffoney did himself no harm with thus performance. A special must be given to another Livi dangerman, Forrest, who was equally impressive against the Saints.