Livingston ran out 2-1 winners over Aberdeen during an ill-tempered clash at the Tony Macaroni Arena that saw Kevin Clancy go card crazy and dish out fourteen yellow cards and a red card.
Ayo Obileye opened the scoring for the hosts when he reacted quickest to divert the ball into the back of the net after Bruce Anderson lashed the ball towards goal.
Despite the Dons having the bulk of the ball, they struggled to carve out any real chances at goal – although they were incensed when they were denied a penalty by referee Kevin Clancy after Lewis Ferguson appeared to be pulled by Nicky Devlin.
When the teams made their way off at the break, there was little surprise that the vocal band of Aberdeen fans who made the trip to Livingston showered Glass’ side with boos on their way off the pitch.
Five minutes after the restart, Livi doubled their lead through Alan Forrest, the winger doing brilliantly to beat the offside trap before beating Gary Woods with style.
Aberdeen would give themselves a fantastic chance of mounting a comeback when Christian Ramirez hit the net in remarkable fashion when he somehow pulled off a great finish.
That saw Aberdeen continue to flood forward in search of an equaliser but there was nowhere near enough quality in the Dons’ attacks to really threaten the Livi defence.
One of the few Aberdeen attacks that did force a save from Max Strjek saw the Livingston keeper react well to keep out Lewis Ferguson’s header as the minutes ticked away.
The West Lothian side were reduced to ten men with less than ten minutes left, Christian Montano sent off for what looked to be the softest of second yellow cards to set up a frantic finale.
As the seconds ticked away, Aberdeen thought they’d grabbed a late equaliser, only for the ball to be cleared off the line and kill off their chances of stealing a point.
Just to round off the afternoon, there was the briefest of cameos for Chukwuemeka – coming off seven minutes after he was introduced.
Here are three talking points as Livingston picked up a massive three points over Aberdeen:
Aberdeen lack any sort of cutting edge
Stephen Glass’ side saw plenty of possession against Livi but the were precious few clear-cut chances for the Dons as they slipped to an entirely avoidable defeat.
Christian Martinez regularly cuts a forlorn figure leading the Aberdeen attack as he struggles for scraps in a team looking woefully short of someone capable of changing a game.
When the American did get a chance to get his name on the scoresheet, he duly delivered as he handed the Dons a lifeline.
But for far too long, there didn’t seem to be any plan beyond firing the ball into the area and hoping something would break their way.
Livingston could be dark horses for Europe this seasom
While the win sees Livingston sit eighth in the Premiership, they are only two points off Hibs in fifth place – and if David Martindale’s side can put a run of form together they could make a real push for European football next season.
If Livi can put together a strong run of form and cut out the silly mistakes that have cost them a number of times, there’s no reason they can’t put themselves in the mix.
Improving their form away from home is crucial for Livi – but there’s a long, long way to go for them still before they can look out their passports.
Stephen Glass’ Aberdeen side stall lack any sort of identity
Not for the first time this season, Aberdeen looked all over the place at times and, it is hard to really see any sort of identity emerging under Glass.
Say what you will about Derek McInnes’ time at Aberdeen (no, we’re not suggesting he returns) but the former Aberdeen boss’ side typically had a certain style that they stuck to and, it got them some results.
With Glass approaching a year since he took the reins at Pittodrie, time is running out for him to start getting results.
Livingston: Stryjek, Devlin, Fitzwater, Obileye, Penrice, Holt, Omeonga, Lewis, Montano, Forrest, Anderson.
Substitutes: Maley, Boyes, Longridge, McMillan, Kelly, Pittman, Sibbald, Bailey, Chukwuemeka.
Aberdeen: Woods, Ramsay, McCrorie, Bates, Montgomery, Besuijen, Ojo, Hayes, Ferguson, Jenks, Ramirez.
Substitutes: Ritchie, MacKenzie, Gallacher, Brown, Emmanuel-Thomas, McGeouch, Ruth, Kennedy, Milne.
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