Aberdeen 0-2 Livingston
Aberdeen lost to Livingston for the first time in sixteen years succumbing 2-0 at Pittodrie.
Two goals in the first fifteen minutes were enough to continue Livi’s extraordinary run – 14 undefeated.
Fraser Hornby and Callum Hendry both made their debuts for the Dons and those debuts couldn’t have gone much worse.
The records are bleak for Aberdeen – first loss at home to a team outside the big two in over three months and first loss to Livi since 2004.
To heap on the misery, Aberdeen lost both Ryan Hedges and Ash Taylor to injury in the first half.
To heap more misery on the Dons, Hibs beat St Mirren 2-1 in Paisley to take back third spot and go two points ahead of Aberdeen.
Also worrying for the Dons is Livi who are catching McInnes’ side. The Lions are now five points behind and on current form that doesn’t look like an insurmountable gap to make up with Livi picking up 27 points out of the last 33 on offer compared to Aberdeen who have picked up 16.
Derek McInnes: “It’s such a poor goal to lose, another mistake. To lose a second one was disappointing. We should get a goal. The ball is clearly over the line. That goal would have been very important to us and maybe given us that impetus to get something from the game. But the first half has done us in. I thought young Callum Hendry came on and done well for us. You have to say that over the 90 minutes Livingston deserved to win.
David Martindale: “Tonight’s probably one of the proudest moments I have had with the boys. The conditions didn’t lend themselves to playing pretty football. We get a quick two goals and the dynamics of the game changed and we could press the midfield instead of the back line which allowed us to sit off the game a wee bit. I thought Steven Lawson and Jason Holt were phenomenal in the first half. Their energy, their application and their endeavor to get to the ball I thought was infectious and spread throughout the team.
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Livi scored within ten minutes through a Joe Lewis mistake.
Matty Kennedy then replaced Ryan Hedges who injured his shoulder in a collision with just over 10′ played.
Nicky Devlin headed Livi 2-0 ahead on 15’. Ash Taylor then went off injured on 40’and there was a double substitution as Connor McLennan made way to give Callum Hendry his debut.
Aberdeen rallied in the second half and Lewis Ferguson hit the crossbar with a piledriver of a shot. Livi also had a guilt edge chance with Scott Pittman hitting the post.
Both Hornby and Hendry had a quiet night. Lack of game time seemed to show particularly for Hornby who hasn’t played since September and only played three games for his parent club Reims this season.
Up next: Hibernian, Away
Big one Saturday versus Hibs at Easter Road, SPL, KO 3pm.