Weekend in numbers

Monday 13th March 2017
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Resident statto @splstats looks at some of the numbers behind the weekend games, focusing on Aberdeen, Hearts, Morton, Airdrie and Annan.

8 – Niall McGinn struck a stoppage-time winner to hand Aberdeen a 1-0 win over Motherwell, moving them eight points clear of Rangers in second place in the Ladbrokes Premiership. The Dons have won each of their last eight home matches, a run which started with a 2-1 win over Hamilton Accies on December 27. Alex Ferguson was still in charge of Aberdeen the last time they won eight in a row at Pittodrie – that was between October 1985 and January 1986. Derek McInnes and his side still have an incredibly long way to go to match the club record for consecutive home wins – that was a whopping 21 in a row set between October 1954 and October 1955.

15 – Heart of Midlothian got back to winning ways with an emphatic 4-0 victory over Hamilton Accies at Tynecastle in the Ladbrokes Premiership. The Jam Tarts continued their incredible run of home form against Accies; they have now won 15 in a row against the Lanarkshire side at Tynecastle with an aggregate score of 35-6. The last time Accies picked up a draw at Tynecastle was in December 1979 and they have not beaten Hearts in Edinburgh since October 1977. Saturday’s success was the fourth time Hearts have scored four goals at Tynecastle since Ian Cathro took over in December.

19 – Morton climbed back up to third in the Ladbrokes Championship after beating Queen of the South 1-0 at Cappielow on Saturday evening. Jim Duffy’s side remain unbeaten in Greenock in all competitions in 2016/17 – they are the only SPFL club who have not lost at home this season. Including the final two matches of last season, Morton’s unbeaten home sequence stretches to 19 matches, equalling their best run in half a century. The Ton have now all but sealed their spot in the promotion play-offs – they are 10 points clear of fifth-placed Queens. Jim Duffy and his side will not yet have given up on the title; they are nine points behind leaders Hibernian with a game in hand and they still have to meet Hibs twice before the end of the season.

5 – Airdrieonians remain a point clear in the final Ladbrokes League 1 promotion play-off spot after a thrilling 4-3 victory over Albion Rovers at the Exsel Group Stadium. Mark Wilson’s side led three times and were pegged back three times but Sean McIntosh’s stoppage-time winner sealed the victory and ensured they took all three points back to Airdrie. The Diamonds have now won five consecutive North Lanarkshire derbies in Coatbridge, a run which stretches back to March 2012. The last time Rovers beat Airdrie at home was when they dished out a 7-2 thumping back in November 2011.

5 – Annan Athletic boosted their slim hopes of winning the Ladbrokes League 2 title after beating promotion rivals Elgin City 1-0 at Galabank on Saturday. Jim Chapman’s side were 21 points behind Forfar just a month ago but have recorded five consecutive victories to close the gap to nine points with eight matches remaining. The Galabankies’ five-match winning streak equals their best run since they joined the SFL in 2008. Four of their five victories have come by a 1-0 scoreline, with the only exception being a 3-2 win at Montrose last weekend.

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