Top scorer Peter MacDonald was missing and Craig Wighton replaced him. The only other change was Iain Davidson returning from suspension in the place of Kyle Benedictus. However, the midfield four was rearranged with Jim McAlister playing in an attacking role and Gavin Rae in a holding position, as the Dee finished the win against Raith.
Dundee started confidently without threatening the Livi goal. Similarly there was no early threat to the Dundee defence, which has looked impressively mean in recent weeks. However, that stinginess evaporated and the Dark Blues sold a goal that was so cheap it would have looked a bargain in Poundland. Scott's free kick from the left found Mark BURCHILL unmarked and he duly scored with a simple, close range header.
This was horribly familiar. The fans became nervous and that spread to the players. Jim McAlister tried to drive the team forward in the first half, but received little in the way of effective support from his teammates.
Midway through the half McAlister powered through the middle and won a corner. Conroy's inswinger nearly caught out Jamieson, who had to claw the ball back just as it was crossing the line.
Conroy then came close in more orthodox style. Wighton's clever play sent him clear into the penalty area, but Jamieson's managed to parry Conroy's shot, which was perhaps too deliberate. He might have done better to pass the ball across goal where McAlister would have had a simple chance.
Dundee's only other chance of the first half also fell to Conroy, but he pulled his shot well wide after running onto Boyle's cut back.
Livingston always looked dangerous on the break, in particular when the talented Scougall got onto the ball. Livi had a good balance with the pace and movement of Scougall, McNulty and Jacobs complementing the experience of Burchill, Scott and O'Brien.
Livi's neat play and fast breaks only creeated one further chance in the first half after their goal; McNulty stabbed Mampuya's cross a couple of feet wide.
Dundee were making life far too easy for the Livi centre backs by asking Boyle and Wighton to battle for a succession of long balls. Dundee's strikers are nimble lightweights and they are not equipped to challenge players like Simon Mensing for high balls with their backs to goal.
Dundee have tended to perk up after the interval this season. Today there was perhaps more energy in the second half, but if anything the quality of the Dee's play deteriorated.
Livingston were far more comfortable and effective in possession and Scougall was by some distance the best player on the park in the second half.
Dundee had a half chance when Gallagher headed down a long free kick, but Boyle miskicked wide. However, it was the visitors who looked more dangerous. Scougall and Docherty combined impressively in a clever attack that Dundee's defence was happy to clear for a corner. Scott and Burchill then worked a lovely move that ended with Scott shooting over from a good position.
The Dark Blues were doing most of the attacking, but without ever looking convincing. Poor movement, bad choices and final balls that were almost designed for the defenders meant that Darren Jamieson had a stress free time in Livi's goal. Too many of Dundee's passes were either easy ones that posed no problems for Livingston, or wildly optimistic ones that gave the strikers no chance.
Just after the hour Craig Wighton was withdrawn and Leighton McIntosh came on. McIntosh looked better suited to challenging Livi in the air, but there was no improvement. Martin Boyle was replaced by Carlo Monti, who found life no easier.
Dundee had one more half chance when Gallager got to a corner first, but he couldn't control his header, which flew wide.
John Brown's final change was to send on 18 year old Cameron Kerr for his debut. He replaced Kevin McBride and offered enthusiasm and real pace, but he had no opportunity to shine in a poor team performance.
In the last 10 minutes Livingston looked entirely comfortable, alternating between dangerous attacks and frustrating possession tactics in the corners. Scougall twisted and turned to wriggle his way through the defence, but hooked his shot wide as Letheren raced from goal to challenge. Scougall then saw his powerful on-target shot from the edge of the box deflected wide after Scott's free kick broke to him.
Kerr's pace got him into a position to shoot from distance, but Jamieson turned the ball round his post. Gavin Rae sent McIntosh into the box, but he screwed his shot over the bar from an almost impossible position. Deep into injury time Conroy tried an optimistic, and outlandishly difficult volley. Jamieson was able to watch it fly wide, and that was the sad end to Dundee's efforts.
Livingston's defence was weakened by suspension today, but after some nervous moments in the first half they saw out the game with ease, thanks in large part to Dundee playing a game that was ideally suited to the visitors' makeshift defence.
The supporters who see Dundee both at home and away must be baffled at the gulf between performances at Dens and on the road. Those who see only the home games must be baffled that the Dark Blues are still leading the Championship after a succession of poor home performances. The Dark Blues might be top for now, but that won't last long unless they can shake themselves out of this worrying pattern.
Dundee FC 4-1-2-1-2
Irvine, Gallagher, Davidson, Lockwood
Unused subs; Twardzik (gk), Dyer, McIntosh, Monti, Benedictus, Cummins, Kerr
Booked; Davidson (foul on Burchill)
Livingston FC 4-4-2
Mampuya, Mensing, Talbot, Docherty
Keighan Jacobs, O'Brien, Scougall (Wilkie 88)
Burchill (Denholm 62), McNulty (Mullan 90)
Unused subs; Walker (gk), Beaumont, Downie, Rutherford
Goals; Burchill (10)
Booked; Scott (foul on Lockwood)
Referee; Steven McLean
Report; James Christie