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Monday 11th February 2019

Weekend in numbers

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

24 – Celtic thumped St Johnstone 5-0 at Celtic Park on Sunday to move into the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup. Scott Sinclair scored his second hat-trick of the season and Scott Brown and James Forrest were also on target to secure the Hoops’ third win over Saints in the space of a week and a half. Celtic have now won an astonishing 24 domestic cup matches in a row since Brendan Rodgers took over – their last defeat in a cup competition came against Rangers on penalties in the 2015/16 Scottish Cup semi-final.

13 – Aberdeen moved into the last eight of the Scottish Cup thanks to a 4-1 victory over Queen of the South at Pittodrie on Sunday. Sam Cosgrove netted twice to take his tally to 14 in his last 13 appearances. Aberdeen extended their unbeaten home run in the Scottish Cup to 13 matches – the last visiting side to win at Pittodrie were Raith Rovers, back in February 2010. The Dons have now reached the quarter-final stage of both domestic cup competitions for the third consecutive season – the last time they achieved this was from 1981/82 - 1983/84 under Alex Ferguson. 

5 – Falkirk beat Alloa Athletic 2-1 at the Indodrill Stadium to climb out of the Ladbrokes Championship relegation places. Ray McKinnon’s side remain unbeaten in 2019 – they have picked up three wins and two draws in their five matches this year to lift themselves from 10th to eighth in the table. This represents Falkirk’s longest run without defeat since April-May 2017. The Bairns are now undefeated in their last 12 matches against the Wasps, stretching back to 2014.

6 – Forfar Athletic moved up to third place in Ladbrokes League 1 thanks to a 2-0 victory over Airdrieonians at Station Park. The Loons are unbeaten in their last six league matches, picking up five wins and a draw to move level on points with second-placed Raith Rovers in the battle for the play-off places. Jim Weir’s side have built their success on a superb home record – Saturday’s victory was their fourth in a row at Station Park and they have picked up seven wins in their last eight games there in all competitions.

3 – Elgin City earned their first win of 2019 as they defeated Albion Rovers 3-0 at the Reigart Stadium. Darryl McHardy was City’s hero, netting all three goals to move his side to within six points of the final promotion play-off spot in League 2. McHardy’s treble was the first away hat-trick by an Elgin player in over six years – the last man to do so was Craig Gunn in a 4-1 win over Stirling Albion in November 2012. It was the second hat-trick of McHardy’s career – he also scored three in a 5-4 defeat to Annan Athletic in April 2015.