January 27, 2023


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Livingston 1 – 1 Motherwell

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Nicky Devlin missed twice from the spot as Livingston have been held to a 1-1 draw at house to Motherwell.

Goalkeeper Liam Kelly saved Devlin’s preliminary spot-kick after which his second try after referee David Munro had ordered a retake.

Morgan Boyes did finally give Livi the lead with a Thirty ninth-minute header, but it surely lasted simply three minutes as Kevin van Veen levelled simply earlier than the break.

Following a poor second half, each side have been left nonetheless ready for his or her first wins for the reason that World Cup break.

The match descended into confusion within the twelfth minute when Munro awarded Livingston a penalty.

Bruce Anderson fed Devlin on the fitting and his cross was knocked in the direction of aim by Cristian Montano.

Munro immediately award a penalty for handball in opposition to Ricki Lamie, a call confirmed by VAR.

Devlin’s penalty was saved by Kelly earlier than the rebound ended up within the web following a goal-line melee.

Nicky Devlin noticed a retaken penalty saved by Liam Kelly after the goalkeeper additionally stopped the preliminary effort

After Munro awarded the aim, VAR intervened once more to order a retake of the penalty.

It was dominated the ball had struck Devlin’s hand on the best way over the road, however Kelly had come off his line to make the preliminary cease.

Devlin went the identical method from the spot for a second repeatedly Kelly saved to disclaim Livi the opener.

The slim escape buoyed Motherwell, who threatened with a Van Veen volley, batted away by Shamal George, and a Connor Shields long-range effort excessive.

Halfway via the half Stephen Kelly drilled a shot simply vast, and the previous Rangers midfielder was concerned because the breakthrough finally got here six minutes earlier than the break.

It was easy as Kelly floated in a free-kick from the left and Boyes headed it again throughout the aim and contained in the again publish.

Nonetheless, the lead lasted simply three minutes. Sean Goss hammered in a shot that George repelled and Van Veen hooked the rebound into the empty web.

Livi launched new signing Steven Bradley for his debut on the interval due to a head damage sustained by Montano and he nearly made an prompt affect as he compelled Kelly right into a save seconds after the restart.

On the different finish two minutes later, Van Veen fired in opposition to the crossbar from shut vary when it appeared simpler to attain following tenacious work from Shields.

Van Veen struck the bar once more within the 62nd minute from a good angle as each side sought a winner, however they have been left pissed off.

LIVINGSTON, SCOTLAND - JANUARY 02: Motherwell's Kevin Van Veen celebrates with Connor Sheilds after scoring to make it 1-1 during a cinch Premiership match between Livingston and Motherwell at the Tony Macaroni Arena, on January 02, 2023, in Livingston, Scotland.  (Photo by Craig Foy / SNS Group)
Motherwell’s Kevin van Veen celebrates with Connor Sheilds after scoring to make it 1-1

What the managers mentioned

Livingston supervisor David Martindale mentioned: “I feel the double penalty miss spooked us. We misplaced management of the sport. Motherwell obtained the enhance and did the fundamentals higher than us.

“Our decision-making wasn’t nice, by way of letting the ball bounce and freely giving dangerous throw-ins that led to corners.

“I am dissatisfied within the consequence, but it surely was truthful, though whenever you’re enjoying at house you at all times look to win.

“Somebody mentioned that is us as much as sixth in order that’s a optimistic.”

Livingston have now missed their final 5 penalties.

Martindale added: “Nicky was the designated taker. Now we have completed a bit of labor on it at coaching, however that is clearly not labored. I will not be doing that once more.”

Motherwell supervisor Steven Hammell felt his aspect deserved to take all three factors after taking management of the second half.

He mentioned: “It was irritating as a result of we got here right here to win the sport.

“As soon as we obtained via the preliminary scrappy spells of the sport and the VAR choices, we had many of the recreation and I felt we dominated most of it after that.

“We had 17 pictures on objectives and hit the bar twice, and so I assumed we did sufficient, particularly within the second half, to return away with the three factors.

“I really feel I am saying the identical issues each week. Most of this season we have now performed effectively and obtained into good eventualities.

“We did that immediately and obtained into these areas the place we felt we may harm the opposition, however once more it is simply being scientific.

“It is about taking your probabilities they usually weren’t half-chances, they have been large probabilities, and we fell brief and that was the distinction from profitable.”

What’s subsequent?

Sunday eighth January 12:30pm

Kick off 1:30pm

Livingston go to Ross County on Saturday in a 3pm kick-off, whereas Motherwell host Hibernian on Sunday, dwell on Sky Sports activities from 12.30pm; kick-off 1.30pm.

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