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Monday 24th August 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:

4 Aberdeen continued their 100% start in the Ladbrokes Premiership by beating Dundee 2-0 at Pittodrie. Derek McInnes’ side have now won their opening four league fixtures - the last time the Dons did that was back in 1991/92, when Alex Smith and Jocky Scott were in charge. They will be hoping this campaign has a happier ending than that one – both managers were gone by mid-February and they finished sixth. Prior to this season, it had been almost a decade since any non-Glasgow club won their opening four league fixtures, but this season two clubs (Hearts and Aberdeen) have managed that feat.

4 Ross County won 4-0 at Rugby Park, courtesy of a tremendous first-half performance which saw them race into a 4-0 lead inside 35 minutes. County didn’t add to that advantage in the second half but their four-goal winning margin still represented their biggest ever top-flight victory. It was the Staggies’ biggest away win since February 2008, when they thrashed Berwick Rangers by the same score in the Second Division. County have suffered just one defeat in their last nine away matches – their only loss on the road since mid-February came against champions Celtic on the opening day of this season.

3 Queen of the South defeated Dumbarton 2-0 at the Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium to maintain their perfect start to the Ladbrokes Championship season.  James Fowler’s side have shaken off last season’s play-off disappointment, and the loss of a number of key players, to kick off their league campaign with three wins out of three. The Dumfries side hadn’t previously started a league campaign with three victories since 1983/84, when they were in the bottom tier.  Queens are now unbeaten on their last 10 visits to Dumbarton in all competitions, having won seven and drawn three.  Their last defeat away to the Sons came back in February 1992, when Dunbartonshire band Wet Wet Wet were at UK No 1 with Goodnight Girl.

4 Forfar Athletic moved to the top of the Ladbrokes League 1 table with a comfortable 4-1 victory over Stenhousemuir at Station Park. The Loons beat Albion Rovers 4-0 in their last league game - this is the first time they have scored four goals in back-to-back league matches since May 1997, when they defeated Inverness Caley Thistle and Queen’s Park 4-0 in their final two matches of the season to seal promotion from the Third Division. Dick Campbell’s side have now won five matches in a row against Stenhousemuir - their best ever winning streak against the Warriors.

6 East Fife’s 2-1 victory over leaders Elgin City marked out Ladbrokes League 2 as perhaps Scotland’s most cut-throat division - just three matches into the season, no side remains unbeaten.  Amazingly, six of the 10 clubs are tied on points at the top of the table, with each having picked up six points from three matches.  Elgin still lead the way on goal difference but East Fife, Montrose, Queen’s Park, East Stirlingshire and Berwick Rangers are all hot on their heels. There have been 15 matches played so far and just one of those finished level – Annan Athletic’s 1-1 draw with Stirling Albion last weekend.