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Monday 11th March 2019

Weekend in numbers

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

4 – Motherwell boosted their chances of making the Ladbrokes Premiership top six with a 3-0 victory over Hamilton Academical at Fir Park. Stephen Robinson’s side moved to within two points of sixth-placed Hibernian, with four matches remaining before the split. The Steelmen have recorded four consecutive home wins in the league, having previously only won twice at Fir Park all season. The last time Well won four league games in a row at home was in February and March 2014, when Stuart McCall’s side went on to finish second.

10 – Livingston defeated St Johnstone 3-1 at the Tony Macaroni Arena to maintain their own hopes of a top-six finish in their first season back in the Ladbrokes Premiership. Gary Holt’s side have had a tough 2019 but Saturday’s win leaves them five points behind sixth-placed Hibs, who they have still to play before the split. Saturday’s victory was the Lions’ first over Saints in a decade – their last success came on March 14, 2009, when a teenage Leigh Griffiths scored the only goal. The sides had met on four occasions since then, and Saints had won all four without even conceding a goal.

8 – Falkirk edged further clear of the Ladbrokes Championship relegation places thanks to a 2-0 victory over Ayr United at the Falkirk Stadium. Ray McKinnon’s side are the only SPFL side unbeaten in 2019 – they have picked up four wins and four draws in their eight matches. The Bairns started the year six points adrift of Alloa Athletic at the foot of the table but Friday’s win puts them three ahead of the Wasps and also one clear of Partick Thistle, who occupy the relegation play-off spot. Defender Jordan McGhee netted both of Falkirk’s goals on Friday – unsurprisingly it was the first double of his career.

7 – Dumbarton defeated Montrose 3-1 at Links Park to move further clear of the Ladbrokes League 1 relegation places. Jim Duffy’s side are now unbeaten in seven matches, and have picked up four wins in their last five. Having spent much of the campaign toiling near the bottom, the Sons now find themselves six points clear of ninth-placed Brechin City and just nine behind East Fife in fourth. Dom Thomas picked up the Ladbrokes League 1 Player of the Month award for February, and the on-loan Kilmarnock player continued his impressive form with two goals on Saturday to take his tally to eight in his last six matches.

2 – Albion Rovers moved to within two points of Berwick Rangers at the foot of Ladbrokes League 2 thanks to a 1-0 victory over Stirling Albion at Forthbank. Kevin Harper’s side received a boost on Saturday morning when they were awarded a 3-0 victory over Clyde due to the Bully Wee fielding an unregistered player last month, and they followed it up with a rare victory. Rovers’ only other win this season also came against Stirling – that was back in September. Saturday’s win came just one day short of a year since Rovers’ last (on-field) win away from home, a 3-2 success over Stranraer.