Falkirk 2 Livingston 0: Miller Time

Lee Miller was at the double for second-placed Falkirk. Picture Michael Gillen.
Lee Miller was at the double for second-placed Falkirk. Picture Michael Gillen.

Form team Falkirk are now second in the SPFL Championship table, behind leaders Rangers.

The Bairns moved above Alan Stubbs’ Hibs on goal difference with a 2-0 win at home to Livingston inspired by Lee Miller.

The veteran striker hit a second-half brace after an uneventful first half that Falkirk dominated but Livingston hit the woodwork.

The swirling wind seemed to be causing difficulty for both sides but it bamboozled Falkirk stopper Danny Rogers twice and the second time was almost costly. He stayed rooted to his line which allowed Liam Buchanan to head off the top of the post with just minutes to go until the interval.

Rogers had earlier been caught by the wind and an awkward bounce with no-one near him and the keeper was alert to tip the ball over the crossbar, otherwise the Bairns would have conceded their fourth home goal of the season.

As it was it was 0-0 at the break despite Craig Sibbald also going close, hitting the side-netting from Lee Miller’s clever inside pass.

Miller though took on the shooting role, and moved Falkirk to second in the league table.

First he tapped home Blair Alston’s cut-back from the by-line on 56 minutes and then glanced in a wonderful deep cross from Aaron Muirhead for the second.

John Baird, who had tried like a terrier all night but whose final ball was lacking, was replaced midway through the half by Kevin O’Hara. The youngster had a great chance to score his dfirst, and the Stadium was willing him as he took a Sibbald cross on his chest, but slipped as he made for the shot.

It didn’t matter though as Livingston failed to hit the target and Falkirk moved to ten games unbeaten in all competitions, adding yet another clean sheet in to the bargain. The Bairns have conceded just three goals at home all season.

Hibs, sitting in third, are next visitors to Westfield on January 17.