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Monday 28th January 2019

Weekend in numbers

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

7 – Heart of Midlothian defeated St Johnstone 2-0 at Tynecastle to leapfrog the Perth side into fifth place in the Ladbrokes Premiership table. Hearts youth products Marcus Godinho and Callumn Morrison netted their first-ever goals for the club to seal a fourth win in their last five matches. Craig Levein’s side are now unbeaten in their last seven matches against Saints – they have picked up five wins and two draws against Tommy Wright’s men since the start of last season and have kept five clean sheets in the process.

6 – Motherwell kept their slim hopes of a Ladbrokes Premiership top-six finish alive with a 1-0 victory over Dundee at Dens Park on Saturday. David Turnbull scored the only goal from the penalty spot to move his side to within 10 points of sixth-placed St Johnstone and 14 points clear of their opponents in the relegation play-off spot. The Steelmen have now recorded six consecutive wins over the Dee in all competitions, a run which stretches back to February last year.

12 – Ross County defeated Alloa Athletic 2-0 at the Global Energy Stadium to maintain their three-point lead at the top of the Ladbrokes Championship. The Staggies have built their title challenge on an excellent home record – Steven Ferguson and Stuart Kettlewell have led their side to 12 wins from 15 home matches in all competitions, with their only defeat coming against Dundee United in November. Saturday’s win was their fifth consecutive victory over Alloa in all competitions – they have kept a clean sheet in all five of those wins. 

5 – East Fife moved to within a point of second place in Ladbrokes League 1 after coming from behind to beat Stranraer 4-3 at Stair Park. Darren Young’s side trailed 3-1 with less than half an hour remaining, but a goal from Craig Watson and an Anton Dowds double helped secure an unlikely victory. The Fifers have now recorded five consecutive away wins, which is their best run of form on the road since their 2007/08 title-winning campaign.

7 – Queen’s Park thrashed Berwick Rangers 7-1 at Hampden in Ladbrokes League 2 to keep their slim hopes of a play-off place alive. Mark Roberts’ side had gone 10 matches without a win in all competitions, but ended that run in emphatic style by scoring seven times in a match for the first time in 40 years. The last time the Spiders racked up seven goals was back in September 1979, when goals from Frank Melrose (2), Alan Irvine (2), Derek Wood, Jim Nicholson and Ross McFarlane helped them to a 7-0 win over Alloa Athletic.