Dods sees red as late goal sinks Bairns

Stewart Murdoch scores from the spot to give Falkirk the lead
Stewart Murdoch scores from the spot to give Falkirk the lead

Darren Dods was red-carded on his return to Falkirk’s first-team as they lost 2-1 to Livingston.

Former boss John Hughes’ side won courtesy of a thunderous top corner strike from French forward Anthony Andrew in the 92nd minute as the Bairns suffered their third consecutive home defeat.

It had all appeared bright for Falkirk, who included Dods and new signing Sean Higgins in the line-up, and they duly took the lead through a Stewart Murdoch penalty after David Weatherston had tumbled in the box.

However, for the second game running, and despite Dods’ presence at the back, the Bairns were beaten at the near-post when Callum Fordyce glanced a header from an Iain Russell corner in at the near post.

That sent the teams in level at the break but Falkirk should have seen the game off when Paul Watson was red-carded for Livingston for chopping down Andy Haworth in mid-gallop just two minutes after the interval.

The Bairns failed to kill the game off though and were punished when Dods was red-carded for holding livewire Livi frontman Russell.

He walked with three minutes to go and worse was to follow.

The Bairns got a let-off when Dale Fulton’s challenge on Marc McNulty was given as outside the box on the 90th minute and, though the free-kick was easily claimed by Michael McGovern, the goalkeeper was helpless to stop a terrific top-corner strike from the unchallenged Anthony Andrew with just one minute of play to go.

Steven Pressley said: “I think we looked fatigued and at times our play was nervous.”

John Hughes, who jumped for joy at the Frenchman’s goal, added: “I don’t think it was a great game, but I am delighted for the whole team and for Anthony after the work he had put in.”