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Monday 18th February 2019

Weekend in numbers

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

6 – Motherwell moved to within two points of the top six spot in the Ladbrokes Premiership thanks to a dramatic 2-1 victory over Heart of Midlothian at Fir Park on Sunday. Stephen Robinson’s side have now recorded six consecutive league wins, equalling the club’s post-war top-flight record winning streak. The last time the Steelmen managed six on the spin was in 2013/14, when they went on to finish second in the Premiership. The target for Motherwell now is seven straight wins in the top flight for the first time since 1933/34 when they face Celtic on Sunday.

4 – Dundee came from behind to beat Livingston 2-1 at the Tony Macaroni Arena and climb out of the Ladbrokes Premiership relegation zone for the first time this season. Andrew Nelson equalised with his third goal in two matches before Aberdeen loanee Scott Wright scored a stunning late winner to give the Dee their fourth league win of the season. Jim McIntyre’s side have picked up two wins and two draws in their last five Premiership matches, which corresponds to 44% of their points total for the season. Three of their four victories this season have come away from home – if McIntyre can also improve the home form then he may well be able to pull off a great escape.

5 – Partick Thistle climbed out of the Ladbrokes Championship drop zone thanks to a 2-0 victory over Alloa Athletic at the Indodrill Stadium on Saturday. The Jags have now recorded five consecutive victories in all competitions, which is their best winning run since the opening weeks of the 2016/17 campaign when they won all four Betfred Cup group stage matches and their opening league fixture. It is the first time in a decade that Thistle have picked up three consecutive away wins – Ian McCall was in charge the last time they did so, back in January and February 2009. Gary Caldwell’s side are still unbeaten in 2019, and now find themselves just eight points off the final promotion play-off spot in what is an increasingly congested Ladbrokes Championship table.

16 – Arbroath moved 16 points clear at the summit of Ladbrokes League 1 after beating nearest challengers Raith Rovers 1-0 at Stark’s Park. Dick Campbell’s side remain the only SPFL club unbeaten away from home in the league this season – they have picked up nine wins and three draws in their 12 matches on the road. The Red Lichties have not played in the second tier of Scottish football since the 2002/03 campaign but, barring a major collapse in the final third of the season, that 16-year wait will end this summer.

13 – Clyde defeated Albion Rovers 1-0 at Broadwood and closed the gap on Edinburgh City at the top of Ladbrokes League 2 to just three points. The Bully Wee have not lost since the end of October – they have picked up nine wins and four draws in 13 matches since then. This equals their longest unbeaten run this century – Alan Kernaghan also led them to 13 matches unbeaten in March-August 2003. Danny Lennon’s side were nine points behind Edinburgh City and seven behind Peterhead at the start of this run, but now find themselves three behind the Citizens with a game in hand and just two back from Peterhead in what will be an enthralling three-way title race.

5 – Ross County beat East Fife 2-1 on Friday night to secure a fifth appearance in the IRN-BRU Cup final. The Staggies have won two and lost two of their previous four finals – they were successful against Clyde in 2006/07 and Queen of the South in 2010/11, but lost out to Falkirk in 2004/05 and Airdrieonians in 2008/09. Their opponents in March’s final will be Connah’s Quay Nomads, who scraped past Edinburgh City on penalties to become the first Welsh side to reach the final.