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Monday 7th January 2019

Weekend in numbers

Resident statto @splstats crunches some of the numbers from the weekend games across the SPFL...

30 – Queen of the South defeated Inverness Caledonian Thistle 2-1 at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium to move to within a point of the final play-off place in the Ladbrokes Championship. Stephen Dobbie scored the winning goal to take his tally for the season to 30 – it is the first time in his career that the 36 year-old has reached that landmark. The Doonhamers ended a run of nine matches without a win against Inverness – their previous victory over the Caley Jags was in October 2009, when Derek Holmes scored a hat-trick in a 3-1 success.

18 – Falkirk climbed off the foot of the Ladbrokes Championship thanks to a 1-0 win over Ayr United at Somerset Park. Rangers loanee Zak Rudden scored the only goal to propel the Bairns above Partick Thistle in the table. Falkirk have not drawn away from home since a 2-2 result with Queen of the South in April last year – in their last 18 away matches in all competitions they have won eight and lost 10. The Bairns have now won on three of their last four visits to Ayr, the exception being a 3-2 defeat in September.

5 – Raith Rovers kicked off 2019 in style by thumping Stenhousemuir 5-1 at Stark’s Park in Ladbrokes League 1. Rovers scored five goals in a home league match for the first time in almost seven years – the last time was a 5-0 victory over Morton in John McGlynn’s first spell as manager, back in March 2012. Raith are the top scorers in Ladbrokes League 1, with 47 goals from their 20 matches, but they remain 11 points behind Arbroath in the race for the title.

2 – Montrose picked up a 2-1 victory over Stranraer at Stair Park to keep themselves just two points off the final Ladbrokes League 1 play-off place. Martin Rennie was the Ladbrokes League 1 Player of the Month in December and he continued that form into January by scoring both his side’s goals from the penalty spot. The Gable Endies have suffered just one defeat in their last nine matches in all competitions and remain well in contention for a second straight promotion.

4 – Clyde thrust themselves into the Ladbrokes League 2 title race after coming from behind to win 2-1 away to Peterhead. Danny Lennon’s side have picked up four consecutive wins to move to within five points of leaders Edinburgh City, who lost 1-0 to Stirling Albion. The Bully Wee are unbeaten in their last nine matches – their last defeat came in their previous meeting with Peterhead back in October. Saturday’s success was Clyde’s first ever league win at Balmoor – they had drawn four and lost seven of their 11 previous visits, although they did win there in the League Cup in 2005.