Livingston's recent form continued with a blistering 4-0 demolition of a lacklustre Ross County at the Toni Macaroni Arena today.

Today's victory makes it eight goals iin two games for Livingston against Ross County this season, after a 4-1 victory in Dingwall in August, and moves Livi above the Staggies in the league into sixth place.

Lyndon Dykes makes it 2-0 during a Ladbrokes Premiership match between Livingston and Ross County, at The Tony Macaroni Arena, on December 21, 2019, in Livingston, Scotland.

The captain Alan Lithgow returned to the starting line up at centre back and replaced the injured Aaron Taylor Sinclair, allowing Rickie Lamie to return his usual berth at left back.

Livingston started the brighter and won an early corner in the second minute. After playing it short, Aymen Souda and Steven Lawless both had low shots saved by the keeper.

Ross County played their way back into proceedings and Ross Stewart and Lee Erwin failed to connect with headers in the first ten minutes as Ross County went long and looked to find their big target men up top.

Souda and Lawless switched flanks on the 14th minute and the Tunisian beat his defender and raced to the byline before fizzing in a low ball in from the right that Lyndon Dykes just failed  to connect with.

Jon Guthrie had scored in the last two matches but. should have done better when the ball fell to him in the box on the 21st minute and he could not get the effort on target.

Livingston were beginning to dominate and Scott Pittman had a shot saved low to the Ross County keeper Nathan Baxter's right hand side on the 24th minute after he was fed the ball on the edge of the box by Lawless.

Then came the deserved break through on the half hour mark. Ricki Lamie opened the scoring when his low shot trundled past the keeper to give the Lions the lead.

The Lions were rampant and soon after went two ahead. Lawless threaded through a lovely ball to Lyndon Dykes on the right hand side of the penalty box and the big Australian blasted a low shot past the despairing County keeper on the 41st minute to put Livi on easy street.

Livingston had blown two goal leads three times this season against St Johnstone, Hibernian and St Mirren so when the second half started it was by no means a certainty Livi would see this one out.

Those games were all away from home though and the Lions came out in the second half and picked up where they left off by bagging another on the 49th minute.

A low drive by Livi's midfield general Marvin Bartley could only be parried away by Baxter and Dykes was on hand to get his second and Livingston's third of the game.

Livingston were showboating early in the second and the home support were greeting every pass with an ole before Dykes stole in at the back post, looking for his hat-trick, on the 54rd minute but could not get an effort on target.

The match fell stale for spell before Keaghan Jacobs replaced Souda just after the hour mark and injected some life back into the game.

Lawless and Lawson both had jinking runs down the right hand side but could not find an end product. Next up Dykes won a header and plays ball into the path of Lawson who breaks free but cannot find a way past the keeper.

But Livingston kept up the pressure and when Bartley whipped a delicious delivery into the box Dykes was on hand to meet the ball with a diving header for his hat-trick on the 73rd minute to make it 4-0.

This was the last meaningful action of the game and the first time a Livingston player had scored a hat-trick in the top flight. Dykes was awarded the man of the match and won the plaudits of his manager, Gary Holt, at the end of the game.

He said: "He told me he cannot header a ball! I said that is two headers you have score in three games so you are doing something right.

"He has certainly grown into the role of being a focal point of the team, he has grown into that role. He know knows that it is about holding up and bringing others into play but it is also  about stretching the game when we need to stretch it.

"Backlines don't like getting stretched. They don't like facing their own goal so is certainly enjoying it and it is a big learning curve for him."