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Sunday, 30 September, 2001, 16:58 GMT 17:58 UK
Livingston keep marching on
Max Caputo on the break
Livingston were the more positive side at Almondvale
Livingston 1-0 Hibernian

Livingston's incredible start to life in the Premier League continued with a win over Hibernian which lifts the West Lothian side into third place in the table.

A second half goal from Francisco Quino gave Jim Leishman's team a deserved three points and completes a home double over the Edinburgh sides, following the opening day defeat of Hearts.

A full house of 10,016 watched Livingston keep a fifth clean sheet of the season but their defence was seldom troubled by a feeble visiting forward line.

Hibs looked jaded after their midweek efforts inthe Uefa Cup and only raised their game after losing the goal.

Former Hibs man Stuart Lovell came back into the Livingston starting line-up after missing the CIS Cup win over East Fife. Livvy also included on-loan Italian striker Massimiliano Caputo after his double against the Third Division side.

Ulrik Laursen challenges Steven Tosh
Ulrik Laursen challenges Steven Tosh
Hibernian were without captain Franck Sauzee after his injury against AEK Athens on Thursday.

Grant Brebner was introduced to the midfield, while Allan Smart and Tam McManus formed the strike partnership as Craig Brewster and Paco Luna were rested on the bench.

Hibs had problems adjusting to an unfamiliar 4-4-2 system but managed a few forays forward.

Matthias Jack had a powerful 25-yard shot comfortably held by keeper Javier Broto, then Hibs went close when from John O'Neil's corner Ulrik Laursen headed on for McManus at the back post, but he headed narrowly wide.

Livingston had the bulk of play and forced a number of corners which caused the Hibs defence problems.

On 28 minutes Hibs had a real let-off when Lovell crashed a 14-yard shot off the bar and on the rebound Barry Wilson's shot in the packed goalmouth was cleared off the line by Alen Orman.

Two minutes into the second half Wilson's corner was only half-cleared by Hibs and Quino's low drive was heading for the net before Ulrik Laursen managed a timely block.

Livingston forced three quick corners and Lovell headed wide from Wilson's 50th minute centre.

The Livingston captain was playing a blinder against his old team-mates and struck the woodwork for a second time soon after.

John O'Neil is put under pressure
John O'Neil is put under pressure
In the 63rd minute Livingston's attacking enterprise was rewarded when Quino fired them in front.

A great run from Michael Hart saw the full back send a low centre across a static Hibs defence and the Spaniard was on hand to sweep the ball under goalkeeper Nick Colgan from close range.

Hibs were at sixes and sevens in every area of the pitch and manager Alex McLeish threw on Brewster and Luna in a bid to salvage something from a miserable afternoon.

The visitors rallied in the closing stages and Livingston were forced to to defend their narrow lead across the 18 yard line.

The Livingston fans looked on nervously as keeper Broto had to leave the field with an injury in the final minutes. Young David McEwan came off the bench for his SPL debut, but wasn't troubled.

Livingston: Broto, Wilson, Andrews, Rubio, Bollan, Tosh, Quino, Lovell, Bingham, Caputo, Hart.

Subs: McEwan, Anderson, Xausa, Keith, McCulloch.

Hibernian: Colgan, Orman, Fenwick, Jack, Laursen, De la Cruz, Brebner, O'Neil, Murray, Smart, McManus.

Subs: Caig, Luna, Brewster, Townsley, Zitelli.

Referee: B Orr

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Livingston manager Jim Leishman
"Everybody gave 105% today."
Livingston captain Stuart Lovell
"We took the game very seriously."
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