Ross County 0-2 Livingston: Bruce Anderson double earns first win since November

Ross County v Livingston
Bruce Anderson scored twice in the second half to earn the win for Livingston

Bruce Anderson’s second-half double lifted Livingston to fifth in the Scottish Premiership as they stung Ross County twice on the counter.

The visitors were holding out against a County barrage when they broke upfield and scored the 66th-minute opener, Anderson stretching to connect with a Steven Bradley cross.

Three minutes later Anderson had his second, picking the ball up on the halfway line and charging towards the County box before firing low into the net.

The win is Livingston’s first since 8 November and moves them above St Mirren, but County remain rooted to the bottom, three points from safety having played two games more.

Both sides were looking to address rotten runs of form, with neither having won for over eight weeks. The first half showed why. Although there was plenty of effort, there was very little quality on show in either box.

The only glimmer of hope came when Andrew Shinnie buried Anderson’s through ball, but the offside flag went up straight away. The VAR check revealed it was the right decision – by a matter of inches.

In the second-half, County began to pepper the Livingston goal and both Ross Callachan and David Cancola should have scored.

The former received the ball unmarked in the box, swiveling and driving a shot straight at the legs of Shamal George, before Cancola showed excellent composure in the box before passing wide from six yards out.

George was then alert to tip a Keith Watson effort over, and it looked more than likely that County would eventually break the deadlock.

But it was Livingston who nudged themselves ahead when Nicky Devlin and Bradley surged up the right, with the former Hibs winger cutting back to Anderson, who netted with composure.

Three minutes later, they had a second. Picking up the ball on the halfway line, Anderson had one thing in his mind, charging straight at Connor Randall before shifting the ball onto his right and lacing it low into the bottom corner.

With that, County were practically out of the game and were denied a tense finale when Jordan White’s header was ruled out because Callachan was offside in the build-up.

Player of the Match – Bruce Anderson (Livingston)

The only man to show an edge in the box.  His second di lui in particular was a superb solo effort.  Four in the season now.
The only man to show an edge in the box. His second di lui in particular was a superb solo effort. Four goals for the season now

County made to pay as Anderson shows killer instinct – analysis

As they have done on numerous occasions this season – much like last term – County will leave that game wondering how they didn’t win it.

They were piling the pressure on Livingston but they could not find a clinical touch in the box. Callachan and Cancola, in particular, were clearly feeling merciful.

Anderson showed them what they were missing. He did well for the first, stretching as the cross was played behind him.

The second was even better. There was only one thing in his mind when he picked the ball up – get to the box. He did that, and then some.

This is worrying for County. In periods of such dominance, they need to put teams to the sword.

What’s next?

County travel to Motherwell next Saturday, as Livingston go to Perth to face St Johnstone (both 15:00 GMT).

Line-ups

Ross County

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1laylaw
  • 2Randall
  • 15Watson
  • 6Iacovitti
  • 16harmon
  • 4Erase itSubstituted forLoturiat 65′minutes
  • 22Tillson
  • 17OlaigbeSubstituted forHiwula-Mayifuilaat 59′minutes
  • 8Callachan
  • 7Edwards
  • 26White

Substitutes

  • 5Baldwin
  • 9Samuel
  • 11Sims
  • 12Johnson
  • 14Loturi
  • 18Akio
  • 19Hiwula-Mayifuila
  • 21Munros
  • 24paton

Livingston

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1George
  • 2Devlin
  • 5Fitzwater
  • 15Boyes
  • 29Penrice
  • 22Shinnie
  • 24KellyBooked at 31mins
  • 33Omeonga
  • 16BradleySubstituted forObileyeat 79′minutes
  • 9Anderson
  • 17KellySubstituted forBahamboulaat 90+3′minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Longridge
  • 6Obileye
  • 7Bahamboula
  • 10Esmael Goncalves
  • 25Cancar
  • 31Konovalov
  • 32Hamilton

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Ross County

  1. Team number1Player namelaylaw

  2. Team number2Player nameRandall

  3. Team number15Player nameWatson

  4. Team number6Player nameIacovitti

  5. Team number16Player nameharmon

  6. Team number4Player nameErase it

  7. Team number22Player nameTillson

  8. Team number17Player nameOlaigbe

  9. Team number8Player nameCallachan

  10. Team number7Player nameEdwards

  11. Team number26Player nameWhite

  1. Team number14Player nameLoturi

  2. Team number19Player nameHiwula-Mayifuila

Livingston

  1. Team number1Player nameGeorge

  2. Team number2Player nameDevlin

  3. Team number5Player nameFitzwater

  4. Team number15Player nameBoyes

  5. Team number29Player namePenrice

  6. Team number22Player nameShinnie

  7. Team number24Player nameKelly

  8. Team number33Player nameOmeonga

  9. Team number16Player nameBradley

  10. Team number9Player nameAnderson

  11. Team number17Player nameKelly

  1. Team number6Player nameObileye

  2. Team number7Player nameBahamboula

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