Kilmarnock shrugged off their recent Covid-19 troubles – and the loss of an early goal – to beat Livingston in the Scottish Premiership.
A number of Kilmarnock players returned after almost an entire first-team squad were forced to self-isolate.
Scott Pittman gave Livingston an early lead, but Aaron Tshibola and a Chris Burke penalty turned the tables.
And a horror mistake from home goalkeeper Robbie McCrorie allowed Greg Kiltie to add a third.
The sides were level on points before the game, but Kilmarnock now move up to fifth, while Livingston drop to eighth.
With three wins in four in August and September, Kilmarnock were in good shape before six players tested positive for coronavirus and gave manager Dyer a selection headache.
After forfeiting a League Cup tie at Falkirk, then being swept aside by Dunfermline in midweek, Dyer was able to make eight changes for the trip to in-form Livingston.
But it looked liked the home side were on course for five wins in a row after early dominance paid off. Julien Serrano raced on to Alan Forrest’s pass, played a neat ball across to Pittman, who drove in.
Kilmarnock were soon level, though, when Burke’s powerful shot was brilliantly saved low down by McCrorie, only for the ball to fall into the path of Tshibola, who just had to touch it over the line.
It was almost two when Burke cut inside and curled a wonderful cross to the back post and Tshibola was inches away from nudging it in.
But the second soon arrived when Pittman tripped Alan Power and Burke slotted the penalty kick.
Livingston were enjoying the majority of possession, but they could not make anything work for them in the box and they conceded a third when Zeno Ibsen Rossi’s looping cross slipped through McCrorie’s hands, and Kiltie was there to knock it into an empty net.
The home side kept battling. Nicky Devlin’s ball across goal was nicked on to the far post, before Forrest then thumped a shot off the same upright a minute later.
But despite further opportunities from Efe Ambrose and Marvin Bartley, and from Jay Emmanuel-Thomas who hit the crossbar late on, Livingston did not force a meaningful save from Danny Rogers.
And, although they played the majority of the second 45 minutes in Kilmarnock’s half, it was a frustrating day for Gary Holt’s men.
Man of the match – Chris Burke
What did we learn?
Livingston had won four games in a row, and when they took the lead they had an opportunity to move up to fifth in the Premiership.
But their decision making was poor. They didn’t test Kilmarnock goalkeeper Rogers enough when they were on top, and defensively they were opened up far too easily.
Kilmarnock were understandably disjointed at the beginning, with the recent disruption at the club and eight changes to the side having an affect. They had requested the game to be postponed, a request denied by Livingston.
But they were clinical and dug in, even when second best for much of the contest.
What they said
Livingston travel to league leaders Rangers next Sunday (15:00 BST), while Kilmarnock host Hibernian a day earlier (15:00).
- 25AmbroseBooked at 90mins
- 27GuthrieBooked at 84mins
- 6BartleyBooked at 66mins
- 17RobinsonSubstituted forPoplatnikat 68′minutes
- 11ForrestSubstituted forSibbaldat 72′minutes
- 22TiffoneyBooked at 27minsSubstituted forEmmanuel-Thomasat 54′minutes
- 27TshibolaSubstituted forMulumbuat 85′minutes
- 29BurkeSubstituted forMcKenzieat 70′minutes
- 11KabambaSubstituted forBrophyat 70′minutes
- 10KiltieSubstituted forPinnockat 77′minutes
Match ends, Livingston 1, Kilmarnock 3.
Second Half ends, Livingston 1, Kilmarnock 3.
Nicky Devlin (Livingston) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Mitchell Pinnock (Kilmarnock).
Offside, Livingston. Matej Poplatnik tries a through ball, but Jay Emmanuel-Thomas is caught offside.
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (Livingston) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box. Assisted by Scott Pittman with a headed pass.
Attempt missed. Eamonn Brophy (Kilmarnock) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.
Efe Ambrose (Livingston) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Efe Ambrose (Livingston).
Alan Power (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Julien Serrano (Livingston).
Rory McKenzie (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Substitution, Kilmarnock. Youssouf Mulumbu replaces Aaron Tshibola.
Jon Guthrie (Livingston) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Julien Serrano (Livingston).
Alan Power (Kilmarnock) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Jon Guthrie (Livingston) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Eamonn Brophy (Kilmarnock).
Attempt missed. Marvin Bartley (Livingston) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.
Substitution, Kilmarnock. Mitchell Pinnock replaces Greg Kiltie.