Andrew Considine and a late penalty gave Aberdeen a somewhat fortuitous win over Livingston at the Tony Macaroni Arena.

The three points take Derek McInnes’ side above Motherwell into third and means they are unbeaten in five games.

It was cruel on Livingston, who had the best of the game, but poor finishing and two mistakes were their downfall.

Jon Guthrie hit the crossbar for the home side, while Chris Erskine swiped fresh air with the goal at his mercy.

Scott Robinson was also denied by a fine save as Gary Holt’s side suffered their first home defeat of the season.

However, Aberdeen’s win stretches their unbeaten run against Livingston to 11 meetings, with no losses since April 2004.

Aberdeen give scoring lesson

Livingston’s players created numerous chances in the opening period, slicing apart the Aberdeen defence. But a lesson in how to finish came from the most unlikely source when Considine guided a corner beyond the helpless goalkeeper Ross Stewart to give Aberdeen an underserved lead.

The picture of the game remained the same in the second half with Livingston again on the front foot, but the lack of cutting edge in front of goal continued.

As the clock ticked towards full time, Livingston continued to pour forward, but a sucker punch came when Cosgrove fired home from the spot after the substitute had been bundled to the ground by Keaghan Jacobs.

Aberdeen manager McInnes will know his side can play much better than this. Indeed they will have to if they are to maintain any challenge at the top end of the Premiership table.

Livingston were undoubtedly the better team on the day, but were taught a lesson on how to score.

Man of the match – Andrew Considine

Andrew Considine opta stats against Livingston

In a game where few players shone it is fitting the scorer of the opening goal receives the man of the match award. Considine’s main role is helping keep his own goal intact, a feat he accomplished with help from his colleagues.

But it was at the other end of the pitch where he had the biggest impact; managing to escape the attentions of Robbie Crawford and find the space required to clip in from the edge of the six-yard box.

Aberdeen win a ‘tough watch’ – reaction

Livingston manager Gary Holt: “I’ve played a lot worse and won. I thought we were excellent. All over the park we were hungry, we showed for it, we created chances.

“In the areas where you can defend your box better that’s what cost us. My goalkeeper has had nothing to do. He’s picked the ball out of the box twice.”

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes: “It wasn’t pretty. We knew we weren’t going to get it all our own way, but we’ve found a way to win. It was a tough watch.

“We can expect more in certain games, but what I couldn’t get any more of today was the willingness of the players to get the three points.”

Line-ups

Livingston

  • 1Stewart
  • 2DevlinBooked at 90mins
  • 5Lamie
  • 27Guthrie
  • 21McMillan
  • 6BartleySubstituted forLawsonat 60′minutes
  • 16Crawford
  • 11Lawless
  • 7JacobsBooked at 83mins
  • 19ErskineSubstituted forStobbsat 45′minutes
  • 17RobinsonSubstituted forTiffoneyat 66′minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Sibbald
  • 15Pepe
  • 20Souda
  • 22Tiffoney
  • 30Sarkic
  • 31Stobbs
  • 33Lawson

Aberdeen

  • 1Le
  • 33VynerSubstituted forLoganat 75′minutes
  • 6Devlin
  • 4Considine
  • 3Leigh
  • 21Gallagher
  • 19Ferguson
  • 10McGinn
  • 24Campbell
  • 11HedgesSubstituted forMcLennanat 64′minutes
  • 9MainSubstituted forCosgroveat 67′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Logan
  • 16Cosgrove
  • 18McLennan
  • 20Cerny
  • 25Anderson
  • 28Wilson
  • 42Barron
Referee:
Nick Walsh
Attendance:
2,803

Match Stats

Home TeamLivingstonAway TeamAberdeen
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home4
Away4
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Livingston 0, Aberdeen 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Livingston 0, Aberdeen 2.

Goal!

Goal! Livingston 0, Aberdeen 2. (Aberdeen) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Booking

Nicky Devlin (Livingston) is shown the yellow card.

Penalty conceded by Keaghan Jacobs (Livingston) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Aberdeen. draws a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt missed. Le Ferguson (Aberdeen) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Andrew Considine.

Keaghan Jacobs (Livingston) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).

Booking

Keaghan Jacobs (Livingston) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Dean Campbell (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Keaghan Jacobs (Livingston).

Foul by Keaghan Jacobs (Livingston).

Jon Gallagher (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Shaleum Logan replaces Zak Vyner.

Jon Guthrie (Livingston) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Attempt saved. Jack Stobbs (Livingston) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Ricki Lamie (Livingston).

(Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. replaces Curtis Main.

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Scott Tiffoney replaces Scott Robinson.

Jack Stobbs (Livingston) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Greg Leigh (Aberdeen).

Substitution

Substitution, Aberdeen. Connor McLennan replaces Ryan Hedges.

Foul by Keaghan Jacobs (Livingston).

Le Ferguson (Aberdeen) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Steve Tevi Lawson replaces Marvin Bartley because of an injury.

Steven Lawless (Livingston) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Zak Vyner (Aberdeen).

Keaghan Jacobs (Livingston) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Dean Campbell (Aberdeen).

Robbie Crawford (Livingston) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andrew Considine (Aberdeen).

Nicky Devlin (Livingston) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jon Gallagher (Aberdeen).

Substitution

Substitution, Livingston. Jack Stobbs replaces Chris Erskine.

Second Half

Second Half begins Livingston 0, Aberdeen 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Livingston 0, Aberdeen 1.

Corner, Livingston. Conceded by Ryan Hedges.

goal

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