Game 5: Livingston 1-0 Heart of Midlothian

Saturday, July 16, 2011 @ Braidwood Motor Company Stadium, Livingston

It’s fair to say that I didn’t expect that four tough looking pre-season friendlies against SPL clubs to come and go without a Livi home defeat.

After his defeat of a composite Hearts team, that’s the reality though, and it’s certainly a confidence booster for the start of the competitive action against Airdrie on Saturday.

Like the Dunfermline, Hibs and Inverness games, I thought we played some excellent stuff and certainly matched our opposition.

Inevitably we rode our luck a bit, and it’s certainly the case that if former Livi youngster Gordon Smith had put his shooting boots on then Hearts might have got a result out of the game.

He missed a few chances while our star striker, Iain Russell made a decisive contribution at the other end after 34 minutes when he crashed into the six yard box to force Kenny Deuchar’s looping header over the line.

In the second half we should have had a second goal when Marc McNulty had a shot which appeared to be handled by a Hearts defender before it bounced off the post.

It’s only right to point out that Hearts didn’t play their full strength team, although the effect of a few second half subs meant that it was beginning to look like it by full time.

In contrast our team started out with a recognised first-team look about it before the introduction of a trialist striker and some younger lads later on.

Based on that alone, holding on for a win was a real positive.

The camera gantry, perched on top of the West Stand

Before the game, I managed to take in the Braidwood Motor Company Stadium from a brand new vantage point when I went to visit Peter Glasgow and Stuart Macrae, who make up the LIVItv team, up in the camera gantry which sits on top of the West Stand.

It’s remarkable that in more than a decade of being closely involved at the club that I had never been up for a look.

While it’s a bit exposed to the elements, it offers a tremendous view of the pitch, which supporters can now see for themselves through our free-to-see highlights packages.

Pitch view from the camera gantry

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