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Saturday, 8 September, 2001, 16:05 GMT 17:05 UK
Livingston see off United
David Fernandez and Jim Lauchlan compete
David Fernandez and Jim Lauchlan compete
Livingston 2-0 Dundee United

Livingston continued their excellent start to life in the Premier League with hard fought win over Dundee United at Almondvale.

Jim Leishman's side doubled their goals tally for the season thanks to strikes from Nathan Lowndes and Stuart Lovell.

The home team had not scored since the opening day of the season but have now picked up nine points from six games, losing just once.

United started brightly but could not find a way past the mean Livingston rearguard.

The home side were without key players Marvin Andrews and Philippe Brinquin but welcomed back Gary Bollan after suspension.

David Hannah tackles Barry Wilson
David Hannah tackles Barry Wilson
Jim Paterson, Jamie Fullarton and new signing Ronnie O'Brien all continued to be sidelined for United.

The visitors dominated the early stages but could not create any meaningful chances in front of goal.

The nearest United came was a 12th minute longe range effort from Danny Griffin that fizzed over the crossbar.

Livingston gradually fought their way back into the match and could have gone in front in the 17th minute.

Barry Wilson received a clever knock down from David Fernandez and fired in a dipping volley which Paul Gallacher tipped over in spectacular fashion.

Fernandez was at the heart of Livingston's revival but the young Spaniard should have been better than to drive the ball into the ground when it broke to him just inside the United box.

Lilley almost put United ahead in the 28th minute when his long-range free-kick forced a great save from Broto.

Barry Wilson
Wilson in the thick of the action
Hamilton then came close with a low drive from the resulting corner but Broto was again equal to the task.

Seven minutes before the break, Lowndes and Hart linked well for Livingston to tee up Fernandez and the striker was denied the opener after another great stop from Gallacher.

Livingston threatened early in the second half when a Fernandez corner found John Anderson unmarked in the United box. The defender met the ball powerfully but could only direct it straight into the grateful hands of Gallacher.

Livingston finally found a way past the United defence in the 56th minute when another Fernandez corner was headed goalwards by Lovell and Lowndes was on hand to lash the ball home when Gallacher failed to gather.

The home side made sure of the victory six minutes from time when a stunning volley from Lovell from outside the box sailed high into Gallacher's net.

Livingston: Broto, Hart, Anderson, Rubio, Bollan, Quino, Lovell, Bingham, Wilson, Lowndes, Fernandez.

Subs: McEwan, Tosh, Xausa, Aurellio, Caputo.

Dundee Utd: Gallacher, Hannah, Lauchlan, Easton, Miller, Lilley, McCunnie, Aljofree, Buchan, Griffin, Hamilton.

Subs: Combe, Venetis, Thompson, McIntyre, Carson.

Referee: T Brown

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