Inverness 0-1 Livingston

Last updated : 09 May 2005 By Livimckenna
Richard Gough named a unchanged side for the fourth game in a row. Gough decided to put under-19 top goal scorer Graeme Dorrans on the bench.

Former Livingston player Barry Wilson threatened first when his free kick was easily caught by Roddy Mckenzie.  Stuart Golabek saw a low drive go wide after neat play involving Duncan and Black.

Ian Black came to Caley’s rescue when he headed a terrific header from Derek Lilley off the line.  Prunty then missed a great chance to put Inverness in front when he was through on goal after a net flick from Bayne.

Livingston grabbed the lead when a Burton O’Brien corner was cleared, Hassan Kachloul was out on the left and he put in a terrific cross to the unmarked Jason Dair and he headed home from six yards out.  After the break Derek Lilley forced a great save from Mark Brown when he headed a Burton O’Brien cross towards goal and Brown tipped it onto the bar.

Richard Hart then tested Roddy McKenzie from twenty five yards but the keeper punched it around the post.  Hart again Forced McKenzie to save from a free kick.

Inverness should have been level on 71 minutes when Tokely, Hart and McAllister combined to set Bayne his shot from six yards out forced Roddy McKenzie into a excellent save.

Gough threw on Greg Strong as Livi went defensive which forced the majority of the away support some really nervous moments. One being a shot which hit Bahoken’s hand.

Near the end there was some scrambles in the Livi box which left some supports with there hearts in there mouths.  The Livi fans were excellent all day long and as the full time whistle went the usual chant came “We are staying up”

A scrappy display from us but at the end of the day you get points for results not performances. If we win next week we are safe no matter what happens in the other games.

Gough praised his “sneaky” Lions and he said this “"This is another sneaky three points, but at this stage of the season they are all welcome," he admitted.

"The quality of play was poor and it was that bad at times I turned to Archie (Knox, his assistant) and said 'this game will get football stopped'.

Man of the match: Roddy McKenzie.