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Monday 21st January 2019

Weekend in numbers

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

12 – Heart of Midlothian moved into the fifth round of the Scottish Cup thanks to a 1-0 victory over Livingston at Tynecastle on Sunday. Craig Levein’s side have won 11 of their last 15 home matches in all competitions, losing only to Kilmarnock and Rangers at Tynecastle in that period. The Jam Tarts have not lost any of their last 12 games against the Lions in Edinburgh – Livingston’s last win at Tynecastle was back in May 2002, when goals from Quino, David Bingham and Barry Wilson handed them a 3-2 victory.

20 – St Mirren came from behind to beat Alloa Athletic 3-2 and secure their place in the fifth round of the Scottish Cup. Oran Kearney’s side fell two goals behind and had debutant Brad Lyons sent off in the first half, but roared back with goals from Cody Cooke, Ethan Erhahon and Kyle McAllister. The last time Saints won a match after trailing by two goals at half-time, ‘Girlfriend’ by Billie Piper was at No 1 and ‘The Truman Show’ was in the cinema. That was back in October 1998 when they defeated Hamilton Academical 3-2 at Love Street thanks to a Gerry Creaney double and a goal from Steven McGarry.

3 – Raith Rovers romped into round five of the Scottish Cup with a 3-0 success against Dunfermline Athletic at Stark’s Park. Lewis Vaughan scored all three of Rovers’ goals to give the Kirkcaldy side their biggest win over their rivals since January 2000, when they beat them by the same scoreline. Vaughan is the first Rovers player to score a hat-trick against the Pars since January 1938, when Norman Haywood scored a treble in a 4-1 league victory at Stark’s Park.

0 – Stenhousemuir sprung one of the biggest surprises in round four of the Scottish Cup, holding Aberdeen to a 1-1 draw at Pittodrie. Colin McMenamin’s Ladbrokes League 1 side trailed to an early Max Lowe goal but Mark McGuigan’s equaliser set up a replay at Ochilview next Tuesday night. The Warriors remain unbeaten against the Dons in national competition – their only previous meeting was a famous 2-0 Scottish Cup win at Ochilview in February 1995.

1 – Peterhead defeated Berwick Rangers 2-0 at Balmoor to move to the top of the Ladbrokes League 2 table. The Blue Toon took advantage of Edinburgh City’s 2-1 defeat to Annan Athletic to move ahead of the Citizens on goal difference, with a game in hand. Jim McInally’s side have won 12 of their last 15 league matches – the only teams to defeat them in that run were Queen’s Park and Clyde. Peterhead have lost only one of their last 15 league meetings with Berwick Rangers.