Livingston and Hamilton’s long winless runs continued on Saturday afternoon as the two sides played out a draw at the freezing cold Tony Macaroni Arena.
Gary Holt will probably feel like its two points dropped as his men created the best chances of the game and forced Hamilton keeper Luke Southwood into a few decent saves, including when Jon Guthrie’s header came back off the post.
Brian Rice will definitely be the more happier manager of the two as he saw his side take a point from a game which Hamilton failed to register a shot on target.
The home side are without victory since October when they remarkably downed Celtic while Accies last win came against Livingston when the two teams last met in September.
One of the very few Hamilton chances of the afternoon came after three minutes when a corner from Johnny Hunt found George Oakley, but he could guide his header over the bar.
On the 13th minute The West Lothian side were presented a series of chances to break the deadlock when Sam Stubbs slipped when clearing the ball and allowed Lyndon Dykes to burst into the box and square it for Steve Lawson, who seen his effort saved by Luke Southwood. The follow-up was well blocked by Alex Gogic before two further efforts from Steven Lawless were once again superbly blocked by the Accies defence.
Minutes later it looked as if Livingston should have taken the lead, when Lawson whipped in a free-kick which was met by the head of Jon Guthrie and his header looked to have crossed the line before Southwood clawed it away to safety.
Just as half-time was approaching Marios Ogkmpoe flicked the ball on towards Oakley, but again he fired over the bar.
Livingston continued to dominate the second-half and had another chance when some nice link-up play between Rickie Lamie and Aaron Taylor-Sinclair led to the ball being cut-back for Robbie Crawford and his low drive at goal was well held by Southwood.
The final chance in what was one of the worst games that I and the other 1,075 fans will watch this season came ten minutes from time. Keaghan Jacobs free-kick evaded every man in the box and was inches away from connecting with Dykes, who was sliding in at the back-post.
Full Time- Livingston 0-0 Hamilton
Gary Holt- “We tried to work the perfect opening. We need to be a bit braver. We’ve had a lot of the ball and it’s been a different game plan for us to open a team up.”
Brian Rice- “Any time you come to Livingston and take something from the match, you’ve done something right. It’s a difficult place to come. I’m delighted to come here and get a clean sheet.”
My Opinion- What can I say apart from that game on Saturday is the worst game of football I will probably ever watch.. I was quite worried we couldn’t even manage to pull off one shot on target against Livingston and to be honest if we had lost it wouldn’t have been a surprise. What has happened to Brian Rice “Having a go”. Last weekend we ended up with three strikers on the park against Rangers, but we finish with one in a winnable game against Livi. I just don’t get it.
St Mirren next weekend is a must win or we are in serious trouble.
Livingston XI – Sarkic, Jacobs, Lamie, Guthrie, Taylor-Sinclair, Bartley(46), Crawford(60), Lawson(68), Pittman, Lawless, Dykes
Subs- Stewart, McMillan(46), Odofin, Souda, Sibbald, Erskine(68), Robinson(60)
Hamilton XI– Southwood, McGowan, Easton, Stubbs, McMann, Gogic, Hunt, Smith, Miller, Ogkmpoe, Oakley
Subs- Fon-Williams, Hamilton, Want, Collar, Cunningham, Martin, Moyo
Referee- Willie Collumn
Assistants- Kylie Cockburn & Graeme Leslie
Fourth Official- Lloyd Wilson
Yellow Cards- Easton(76)
Red Cards- N/A