St Mirren claimed a primary Scottish Premiership win since August with a Jake
Doyle-Hayes strike giving them a 1-0 victory at Livingston.
The former Aston Villa midfielder’s deflected effort early within the second half settled a scrappy encounter to ease Saints’ relegation worries.
It was a ninth league defeat of the season for Gary Holt’s facet, who stay in tenth place only a level forward of St Mirren having performed three matches extra.
Livingston had made 5 adjustments from the facet that had crushed Airdrieonians within the Betfred Cup. Gary Maley, Julien Serrano, Aaron Taylor-Sinclair, Josh Mullin and Scott Robinson have been changed by Max Stryjek, Ciaron Brown, Steve Lawson, Jason Holt and Scott Pittman.
St Mirren have been with out the suspended Joe Shaughnessy after his crimson card towards Queen’s Park, with Kristian Dennis and Cammy MacPherson additionally dropping out. In got here Brandon Mason, Sam Foley and Jon Obika.
The dwelling facet had the primary likelihood when Alan Forrest’s shot was pushed out by Jak Alnwick so far as Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, who headed broad.
The guests replied with a free-kick that fell to Sam Foley who equally couldn’t get his header on the right track, earlier than one other Jamie McGrath free-kick bounced off Richard Tait and was simply saved.
Livingston appeared most harmful on the counter-attack and from one such burst ahead McGrath picked up a reserving for a late sort out on Pittman.
Emmanuel-Thomas then had one other likelihood to place Holt’s males in entrance however his highly effective shot was effectively blocked by Marcus Fraser.
The guests pressured a nook when Brown was robbed by Obika – and from McGrath’s ball in, Tait’s header was saved on the road.
Livingston began the second half on the entrance foot and after a free-kick was not cleared by St Mirren, Alan Forrest’s goalbound shot was effectively saved by Alnwick.
However, it was the Paisley staff who made the decisive breakthrough after 56 minutes.
McGrath pressured a nook after his shot was turned excessive by Jon Guthrie, and from the Irishman’s supply Doyle-Hayes threaded a shot into the web with assistance from a deflection.
Holt made three substitutions to attempt to get again into the competition however the guests held agency to report solely a 3rd league win of the season.
Livingston host Ayr United within the Scottish League Cup subsequent Saturday; kick-off 3pm. St Mirren host Aberdeen in the identical competitors and on the identical day; kick-off 5.15pm.