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Monday 14th September 2015

Weekend in numbers

@splstats looks at some of the numbers behind the weekend games:

@splstats looks at some of the numbers behind the weekend games:

6 The big game of the weekend saw Aberdeen come from behind to beat Celtic 2-1 at Pittodrie and move to the top of the Ladbrokes Premiership table. The Dons have kicked off their league campaign with six wins out of six, which is their best ever start to a league season – even Sir Alex Ferguson only managed to win his first five matches. Aberdeen’s equaliser was scored by Adam Rooney – it was the Irish striker’s 50th goal in the top flight of Scottish football – he managed 20 in 68 SPL appearances for Inverness CT, and now has 30 in 56 for Aberdeen in the Premiership.

11 St Johnstone thrashed Hamilton Accies 4-1 at McDiarmid Park to record their second Ladbrokes Premiership win of the season. Saints are now unbeaten in 11 home matches in all competitions, a run that stretches back to February. Since losing to Celtic on Valentine’s Day, Saints have won five and drawn six matches in Perth, their longest unbeaten home run since the 2012/13 campaign. Steven MacLean was Saturday’s hero, scoring his first hat-trick in almost 11 years - he last scored three in December 2004 when he helped Sheffield Wednesday to a 4-0 win away to Doncaster Rovers in the English third tier.

5 Hibernian defeated Alloa Athletic 3-0 at Easter Road to move up to third in the Ladbrokes Championship table. Alan Stubbs’ side have now recorded five consecutive home league wins - three this season and two at the tail end of the last campaign. The last time the Hibees managed five league wins in a row at home came in 2000, when U2 topped the charts with Beautiful Day. Saturday was the 18th time Alloa have travelled to the east side of Edinburgh to face Hibs, and they have still to record a win – Hibs have 16 wins with the other two matches drawn.

100 Peterhead striker Rory McAllister netted his 100th goal for the club in their 2-2 draw away to Cowdenbeath on Saturday. McAllister has racked up his century in just 165 appearances across two spells with the Blue Toon. He first joined Peterhead on loan from Inverness in January 2008, playing four matches and scoring one, in a 9-2 victory over Berwick Rangers. McAllister returned to Inverness and remained on the fringes of the first team in the Highlands until the end of the following season, before spending two years at Brechin City. He returned to Peterhead in the summer of 2011, and scored 23, 23 and 33 goals in his first three full seasons with the club. McAllister struggled slightly for goals last season, scoring just nine times, but has returned to form in this campaign, netting 11 times in nine appearances, including five in a Petrofac Training Cup tie against Falkirk. Including his spells at Inverness and Brechin, McAllister has now scored 170 goals, and could well reach his double century within the next year or so.

5 Queen’s Park picked up their first home league win of 2015/16, thrashing East Stirlingshire 5-1 at Hampden to move just three points behind Clyde and Elgin City, who lead Ladbrokes League 2. It was the first time the Spiders had scored five goals in a match since April 2013, when they defeated the same opposition by the same scoreline at the same venue. Before that, the previous time they had scored five at Hampden was, you guessed it, a 5-1 win over the Shire in April 2012. Gus MacPherson’s side had five different scorers on Saturday - the last time that happened was in January 2007, when Steven Canning, Mark Ferry, Barry Donnachie (og), Alan Trouten and Tony Quinn all netted in a 5-0 victory over Montrose.