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Monday 31st 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:

5 Aberdeen defeated Partick Thistle 2-0 at Firhill thanks to second-half strikes from Adam Rooney and Kenny McLean.  The Dons still have a 100% record in the Ladbrokes Premiership, having won five matches out of five. This is just the second time in Aberdeen’s history that they have started a league season with five victories. The other occasion was back in 1984/85, when Alex Ferguson’s side won the league title – the last time a club other than Celtic or Rangers did so. A victory over Celtic in a fortnight would set a club record - Ferguson’s team drew 0-0 with Rangers in game No 6.

Hamilton Accies ended Hearts’ winning start to the season with a 3-2 victory, thanks to a late winner from Jesus Garcia Tena. Martin Canning’s side are now unbeaten in eight matches at New Douglas Park - their last home defeat came against Aberdeen back in February. The result continued a long run without a draw between these two sides – neither Canning nor Hearts’ boss Robbie Neilson were born the last time their clubs drew with each other, back in December 1979. They have met 27 times since then, and Saturday was only Accies’ third victory, with Hearts having won the other 24.

8 Rangers continued their perfect start to the season, beating Queen of the South 5-1 at Palmerston to move clear at the top of the Ladbrokes Championship table. The Gers also scored five times against Airdrieonians in the League Cup last midweek – this is the first time they have scored five or more goals in back-to-back matches since 2013, when they beat East Fife 5-0 and Arbroath 5-1 at Ibrox during their League 1 championship-winning campaign. Mark Warburton’s side have picked up eight wins in a row in all competitions, their best run since Ally McCoist’s side strung together eight wins last October and November.

12 Faissal El Bakhtaoui continued his incredible start to the season, scoring for Dunfermline in their 3-1 victory over Stranraer at East End Park on Saturday. The French-Moroccan striker has scored 12 goals in eight matches for the Pars this season, and has already surpassed his total of nine for the whole of last term - a tally which made him Dunfermline’s top scorer. Allan Johnston’s side have won four games in a row at East End Park, scoring 18 goals, with El Bakhtaoui contributing seven. Prior to this week, the Pars had not won four on the bounce at home since August to October 2010.

100 Annan Athletic defeated Montrose 3-2 at Galabank to record their 100th league victory since joining the then SFL in 2008. The Galabankies have now played 256 matches in the SFL and SPFL, with 100 wins, 64 draws and 92 defeats.  They have scored 393 goals and have conceded 361. Annan are the 58th different club to pick up a century of wins since the league was formed in 1890. All 100 of those victories have come in the fourth tier but, with Jim Chapman’s side sitting third at the moment, it may not be long before they can rack up some wins at a higher level.