The Lions were frustrated again on Saturday as they dropped more points after taking the lead for the second Premiership match on the bounce.
The Tony Macaroni Arena was packed with around three and a half thousand extra spectators in the stands with the fantastic free community tickets being given out across the town.
Livingston started well and began to take control of the game after Jordan Jones’ earlier opportunity which saw his shot hit the side netting.
Some great work between Bruce Anderson and Alan Forrest allowed Nicky Devlin to overlap down the right wing. The defender cut the ball back for Anderson, but Anderson’s strike flew just wide of the post.
Ayo Obileye was next to have a chance for the hosts who continued to create. Forrest’s corner found the defender who headed towards goal, but his effort went just over the bar.
James Penrice’s nice bit of skill saw him drive into the box as Livi pushed for an opener. The left back’s shot was blocked, with the rebound falling to Jason Holt on the edge of the box. Still after his first goal of the season, Holt fired at goal but Jack Alnwick was down well to save.
Livi continued their dominance into the second half, and eventually took the lead just ten minutes after the restart. Some great play between Joel Nouble and Nicky Devlin saw the full back fly down the byline. His cross found Bruce Anderson who smashed the post on the stretch from close range, but luckily the ball rebounded off his back and into the net for his 9th Premiership goal of the campaign.
After grabbing his goal, Anderson was then struck a few minutes later in the match by Charles Dunne whilst he closed down the defender. Dunne threw out an arm which appeared to strike the forward in the face, but the St Mirren man went unpunished.
With 12 minutes to play, and with their first real opportunity of the match, managerless St Mirren grabbed an equaliser. Scott Tanser’s corner wasn’t cleared fully, and Greg Kiltie latched onto the loose ball at the edge of the box as his deflected effort flew past Stryjek.
Charles Dunne received his marching orders for a challenge on Sebastian Soto five minutes later, but the Paisley Saints managed to see the game out as they held on to a point to continue their impressive unbeaten run which stretched to seven matches.
It was a frustrating one for The Lions who, like at Ross County, led until late but only managed a point. They’ll be hoping to bounce back at Dundee next week.
Match Report: Calum Brown
Livingston: Stryjek, Devlin, Fitzwater, Obileye (Boyes 75), Penrice ▊, Holt, Omeonga, Pittman, Forrest, Nouble ▊ (Shinnie 75), Anderson (Soto 75)
Subs not used: Maley, Longridge, McMillan, Kelly, Montaño, Sibbald
Goals: Anderson (55)
St Mirren: Alnwick, Fraser, Shaughnessy, Dunne ▊, Tait, Power, Gogic (Henderson 64), Ronan, Kiltie, Jones (Tanser 76), Grieve (Main 71)
Subs not used: Grieve, Lyness, Millar, McArthy, Erhahon, Flynn
Goals: Kiltie (78)
Referee: Willie Collum