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Andreu: Livi graft eclipses French flair

  • by CALUM LESLIE
 

TONY ANDREU scored yet 
another spectacular goal for Livingston in Saturday’s first half against Partick Thistle – but the French midfielder was even more delighted to see the Lions grab a stoppage-time equaliser in a pulsating 2-2 draw.

Livi went behind to a Kris Doolan goal and equalised quickly through Andreu, only to see Steven Craig head the visitors back in front in a frenetic first half, before Marc McNulty left it late to level again for 
Gareth Evans’ men.

Andreu reckons Livi’s showing
against the promotion-chasing Jags is a sign of the further progress the side is making.

He said: “I’m happy with my goal because it was the first equaliser, but at the finish we saw that the work of the whole team was most important, so I’m really happy with that.

“We’re really proud of this result because we kept passing it and working hard right until the end. It was really a team effort because we kept working until the last second. This draw is important. We wanted to win but at 2-1 with two minutes to the end, we’re happy right now.”

He added: “It is a top team we played, but we showed we can match them. We progress every game, and I think you see that when you look at the start of the season.”

Thistle took the lead on 25 minutes when Doolan’s close-range shot squeezed over the line.

Livi snapped back at Thistle’s heels, with Andreu sending a low strike from 20 yards fizzing past Greame Smith in the away goal only five minutes later, but the visitors went back in front soon after, with an Aaron Sinclair cross headed home by Craig just past the half hour mark.

The action continued in the second half as McNulty and Jordan Morton were denied by Smith, before the latter smashed a free kick off the crossbar in search for a leveller.

At the other end Craig was denied by McNeil and former Hibee Sean Welsh hit the bar before getting a second yellow card on 90 minutes for a late tackle.

The equaliser finally came in stoppage time as Stefan Scougall worked down the left to cross for McNulty, who slipped the ball home from 10 yards.

 

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