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BBC Scotland's David Begg
"Livingston are unbeaten now in ten"
 real 14k

Livingston coach David Hay
"We got our equaliser and went from strength to strength"
 real 14k

Kilmarnock manager Bobby Williamson
"There's no reason why we should have capitulated as badly as we did today"
 real 14k

Saturday, 20 October, 2001, 16:19 GMT 17:19 UK
Five star show from Livvy
Marvin Andrews rises to head home Livvy's second goal
Marvin Andrews rises to head home Livvy's second goal
Kilmarnock 1-5 Livingston

Livingston consolidated their third spot in the SPL table with a fantastic win over Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.

Goals from David Bingham, Marvin Andrews, David Fernandez, David Xausa and Carlos Aurellio saw the West Lothian side reach the 20 point mark with 11 games played.

Jim Leishman's men could even afford the luxury of gifting their opponents a goal of a start when new boy Didier Santini knocked in an early own goal.

Kilmarnock were second best all afternoon and left the field to a chorus of boos from their disgruntled fans.

The home side started without injured centre-back Freddie Dindeleux with Sean Hessey stepping in, while Antonio Calderon was preferred to fellow Spaniard Jesus Sanjuan, who dropped down to the bench.

Up front teenager Gary McCutcheon replaced Paul di Giacomo.

Livingston also rang the changes with Santini taking his bow, while experienced trio Andrews, Phillipe Brinquin and Xausa all returned.

Barry Wilson congratulates David Bingham
Barry Wilson congratulates David Bingham
Santini made an inauspicious start to his Livingston career with an own goal in the fifth minute.

The former Marseilles and Toulouse defender, who signed a one-month deal earlier this week, diverted a Calderon free kick into his own net.

Minutes later, the Frenchman was at fault again, allowing McCutcheon to go one-on-one with Nick Culkin but the on-loan Manchester United goalkeeper pulled off a fine block.

Livvy equalised immediately when Bingham pounced on a poor defensive header from Peter Canero and swept home a lovely lob from 20 yards.

Bingham produced some fancy footwork in the penalty area to create space for a second goal but shot wide of the mark after bewildering Martin Baker and Chris Innes.

In the 20th minute Andrews rose highest to power home a curling cross from Stuart Lovell.

The visitors were carving out the better chances and Xausa should have done better than head over the top after a clever knock down from Andrews.

Kilmarnock were second best all day
Kilmarnock were second best all day
Kilmarnock began the second half with more aggression and determination but could not find a way past the resolute Livvy rearguard.

McCutcheon made a rare breakthrough but Culkin was off his line in a flash to clear the danger.

Following a Lovell free kick Rubio got above the Killie defence to guide a header downwards but Gordon Marshall made a great diving save.

With 68 minutes on the clock, the visitors extended their advantage when Xausa chased a sloppy pass from substitute Fernandez and managed to engineer a cross back for his team-mate to nod home from close range.

With 12 minutes remaining, Xausa chased a long ball over the top of the home defence and kept a calm head to squeeze an angled shot past the advancing Marshall.

In the dying minutes, substitute Aurellio was bundled over in the penalty box and picked himself up to convert the resulting spot kick.

Kilmarnock: Marshall, Canero, Innes, Hessey, Baker, McLaren, Calderon, Mahood, Mitchell, Dargo, McCutcheon.

Subs: Meldrum, Sanjuan, Boyd, Hay, Di Giacomo.

Livingston: Culkin, Brinquin, Andrews, Rubio, Lovell, Wilson, Xausa, Tosh, Quino, Bingham, Santini.

Subs: McEwan, Fernandez, Aurellio, Hart, Caputo.

Referee: A Freeland

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