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Douglas Imrie takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Marc McNulty makes a clearance.
Rory Boulding concedes a free kick for a foul on Simon Mensing. Connor Mcglinchey restarts play with the free kick.
The referee penalises Douglas Imrie for handball. Andrew McNeil restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Robert Barr by Connor Mcglinchey results in a free kick. Connor Mcglinchey booked. Marc McNulty restarts play with the free kick.
Liam Fox concedes a free kick for a foul on Greig Spence. Connor Mcglinchey restarts play with the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Douglas Imrie, Gordon Smith has a headed effort from close range and clears the crossbar.
The ball is crossed by James McAlister, clearance by Kyle Jacobs.
Paul Watson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gordon Smith. Douglas Imrie crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, save made by Andrew McNeil.
The ball is crossed by Douglas Imrie, save made by Andrew McNeil.
Alex Neil produces a cross, clearance made by Kyle Jacobs.
Rory Boulding is brought on as a substitute for Kenny Deuchar.
Matthew Paterson replaces Ali Crawford.
Douglas Imrie takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Kenny Deuchar.
Simon Mensing crosses the ball, clearance made by Paul Watson.
Goal scored by Robert Barr from outside the box to the top right corner of the goal. Hamilton 0-1 Livingston.The assist for the goal came from Mark Fotheringham.
Gordon Smith challenges Mark Fotheringham unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gordon Smith goes into the referee's book. Paul Currie on for Gary Fraser. Mark Fotheringham crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Martin Canning.
Handball decision goes against Robert Barr. Free kick crossed left-footed by Douglas Imrie from right wing, Maurice Ross makes a clearance.
Mark Fotheringham has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.
Keaghan Jacobs takes a shot. Alan Coombe makes a comfortable save.
Unfair challenge on James McAlister by Robert Barr results in a free kick. Booking for Robert Barr for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Simon Mensing.
Unfair challenge on Gordon Smith by Maurice Ross results in a free kick. Maurice Ross booked. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Ali Crawford from left wing, save by Andrew McNeil.
Douglas Imrie delivers the ball, Kyle Jacobs makes a clearance.
Douglas Imrie decides to take a short corner. Connor Mcglinchey has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box which goes wide left of the goal. (Livingston) makes a substitution, with Marc McNulty coming on for Jason Talbot.
Greig Spence has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.
Connor Mcglinchey produces a cross, clearance by Craig Barr.
The ball is sent over by Douglas Imrie, Paul Watson manages to make a clearance.
Corner from left by-line taken by Mark Fotheringham.
Maurice Ross fouled by Douglas Imrie, the ref awards a free kick. Craig Barr takes the free kick.
Foul by Keaghan Jacobs on Ali Crawford, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Ali Crawford from left wing, Maurice Ross makes a clearance.
The referee blows for offside. Andrew McNeil restarts play with the free kick.
Gordon Smith takes a shot. Craig Barr gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kenny Deuchar by Martin Canning. Free kick crossed right-footed by Mark Fotheringham.
Kenny Deuchar concedes a free kick for a foul on Douglas Imrie. The referee books Kenny Deuchar for unsporting behaviour. Connor Mcglinchey restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Barr by Gordon Smith. Indirect free kick taken by Craig Barr.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Kenny Deuchar. Alan Coombe takes the free kick.
Liam Fox takes a shot. Alan Coombe makes a save.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Kenny Deuchar on James McAlister. Alan Coombe takes the indirect free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Gordon Smith. Mark Fotheringham restarts play with the free kick.
Effort from just outside the area by Gary Fraser goes over the bar.
Robert Barr takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.
The referee blows for offside against Gordon Smith. Paul Watson takes the free kick.
Robert Barr takes a shot. Save by Alan Coombe.
Foul by Paul Watson on Gordon Smith, free kick awarded. Martin Canning takes the indirect free kick.
Martin Canning challenges Kenny Deuchar unfairly and gives away a free kick. Andrew McNeil takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Ali Crawford.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James McAlister by Mark Fotheringham. Douglas Imrie crosses the ball in from the free kick, Paul Watson makes a clearance.
Foul by Douglas Imrie on Craig Barr, free kick awarded. Andrew McNeil takes the free kick.
Foul by Alex Neil on Kyle Jacobs, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Mark Fotheringham from right channel, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Martin Canning by Kenny Deuchar. Alan Coombe restarts play with the free kick.
Centre by Keaghan Jacobs.
Kenny Deuchar fouled by Martin Canning, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Fotheringham.
Douglas Imrie produces a cross, Kyle Jacobs manages to make a clearance.
Robert Barr fouled by Alex Neil, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Fotheringham restarts play with the free kick.
Keaghan Jacobs produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.
Reid buoyed by skipper's return
Hamilton have received a huge boost ahead of their Boxing Day clash with Livingston as skipper Alex Neil has been included in manager Billy Reid's squad for the first time this season.
The experienced 30 year old made a playing comeback in a friendly game last Saturday, however goalkeeper Tomas Cerny remains out with a shoulder knock and Grant Anderson is a doubt with a knee injury.
Manager Billy Reid is preaching caution on Neil's prospects.
"Alex is a huge player for us and we will be a better team for having him in the side but we will take our time before playing him for a full 90 minutes," he said.
"The last time we played Livingston we were disappointing but we have beaten them in the Ramsdens Cup this season and will take confidence from that."
Livingston striker Rory Boulding will make his comeback from suspension with the Lions also having youngster Ross Gray in their pool following a couple of months on loan at Berwick Rangers
Defender Cameron Macdonald is a doubt, however Mark McNulty is over an ankle knock and he is included in manager Gary Bollan's plans to build on a win at Raith Rovers a fortnight ago.
Bollan said: "We have won one, drawn one and lost one against Hamilton this season and all three games have been tight affairs.
"They will be as well organised as ever but we have the chance to build on the good 3 points we won at Kirkcaldy and open up a wee gap between ourselves and Accies."
Bobby raises the Barr
A superb strike 20 minutes from time by Bobby Barr was enough to give Livingston a 1-0 win at Hamilton and keep the Lions ahead of their opponents in the table.
Barr offered a warning for the hosts when he fired over from the edge of the area shortly before the half hour.
Livingston looked the most likely in the first half and Hamilton goalkeeper Alan Coombe did well to parry Liam Fox's 20-yard effort.
Clear chances remained at a premium in the second period and it required something special from Barr to break the deadlock.
The 23-year-old winger collected Mark Fotheringham's pass before arrowing a superb shot into the top corner from 25 yards.
Gordon Smith might have levelled for Hamilton five minutes from time but headed over from close range after connecting with Douglas Imrie's cross.
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