Livingston 1-1 St Mirren: St Mirren salvage late point to go top of the table

St Mirren moved to the top of the Scottish Premiership table despite stuttering to a dramatic late draw with Livingston in West Lothian.

In a game devoid of many quality chances, it looked like the hosts had passed up the chance for victory when Bruce Anderson's second-half goal was ruled out for offside.

But Luiyi De Lucas' late tap-in, following Mohammed Sangare's cut-back, looked like consigning St Mirren to defeat for the first time this season.

That was until Stav Nahmani's 95th-minute equaliser gave both sides a share of the points.

The Buddies move a point ahead of Celtic and Motherwell before their games tomorrow, while Livingston sit seventh.

The fact both sides remained unchanged told you both gaffers were more than happy with their squads after strong showings last weekend.

But up until the final few moments, David Martindale and Stephen Robinson cut frustrated figures on the touchline as their charges failed to take control of a bitty, scrappy game.

There was very little rhythm to the stop-start game, that threatened to be overshadowed by a nasty-looking head-knock to Andrew Shinnie. Thankfully, the Livi midfielder appeared at half-time to give a thumbs up to a nervous crowd.

Back to the game, and it looked like De Lucas' first-ever Livingston goal would be the undeserved winner. The Dominican Republic international showed predatory instincts to appear at the front post and knock in Sangare's cut-back.

But this St Mirren team don't say die. Ryan Strain clipped a cross to the back post, Alex Gogic knocked it back in and Nahmani ghosted in to nod past a helpless Shamal George.

Player of the Match - Jamie Brandon (Livingston)

Dreadful game, dramatic end - analysis

Both sides were "lucky to have nil" at half-time, according to our pundit Stephen Craigan.

That might have been a little harsh, but there was only one chance in that half that might make the Sportscene highlights - a header from Greg Kiltie that George did well to save.

Perhaps this was simply a case of two evenly-matched teams, cancelling each other out. Perhaps they both struggled to play much football on a sticky, dry plastic pitch.

As a result, both sides lofted it skyward. Both goals came from lumps into the box from free-kicks.

Ultimately, this was more a show of character than football. Two tough-to-beat teams that couldn't be beaten.

What's next?

Livingston visit Ross County on Saturday 16 September, while St Mirren face the shorter trip to Motherwell on the same day (both 15:00 BST).