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Monday 14th January 2019

Weekend in numbers

Resident statto @splstats looks at some of the numbers from the weekend games in the SPFL...

6 – Alloa Athletic moved six points clear of the Ladbrokes Championship relegation places after coming from behind to beat Morton 2-1 at the Indodrill Stadium. Jim Goodwin’s side are now unbeaten in their last six matches, a run which includes three consecutive home wins. The last time they went as many as six games without defeat in the second tier was October-November 1985 under the management of Jimmy Thomson. 

4 – Queen of the South thrashed leaders Ross County 4-0 to climb to fourth place in the Ladbrokes Championship. Stephen Dobbie netted two more goals to move level with Lawrence Shankland as Championship top scorer – both players have netted an astonishing 18 goals in 18 league matches, with Dobbie up to 32 for the season in all competitions. Saturday’s success was the Doonhamers’ biggest ever win over the Staggies and leaves Gary Naysmith’s side just nine points behind the league leaders with 15 matches still remaining.

13 – Arbroath moved 13 points clear at the top of Ladbrokes League 1 after crushing Stenhousemuir 4-1 at Ochilview on Saturday. The Red Lichties remain unbeaten away from home in the league this season – they have picked up eight wins and three draws on the road, giving them the best away record in the SPFL. Bobby Linn netted another two goals, one direct from a corner, to take his tally for the season to 18 in all competitions – it is the fifth time this season the forward has scored two or more goals in a match.

4 – East Fife defeated Montrose 2-0 at Links Park to move further clear in the race for the promotion play-off places in Ladbrokes League 1. Darren Young’s side have now picked up four consecutive away fixtures in all competitions, which is their best run on the road in over a decade. The last time East Fife made it four away games in a row, they went on to extend that run to nine in a row on their way to winning the Third Division title in 2007/08. Even a repeat of that run would probably not be enough to reel in Arbroath but the Fifers seem well placed for a spot in the play-offs for promotion to next season’s Championship.

4 – Cowdenbeath thumped Elgin City 4-1 at Borough Briggs to move to within three points of the final play-off spot in Ladbrokes League 2. The Blue Brazil have finished bottom of the league in the last two seasons, and didn’t have the best start this campaign, but Gary Bollan’s side have picked up seven wins in their last 12 matches in all competitions to move them into promotion contention and secure a place in the Scottish Cup fourth round, with Rangers due at Central Park on Friday night. The last time Cowden scored four goals in an away league match was in January 2014, when doubles from Greg Stewart and Kane Hemmings handed them a 4-3 win over Hamilton Academical in the Championship.

20 – Edinburgh City striker Blair Henderson became the first player to reach the 20-goal landmark in the SPFL this season with a double in the 4-0 win over Queen’s Park at Hampden. The summer signing from Annan has netted 20 goals in 20 League 2 appearances for City, who are three points clear at the top of the table.

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