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Monday 1st April 2019

Weekend in numbers

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

5 – Kilmarnock climbed to third in the Ladbrokes Premiership after thumping Hamilton Academical 5-0 at Rugby Park on Saturday. It was Killie’s biggest home league win since April 1993, when they defeated Clydebank 6-0 on their way to gaining promotion from the second tier. The last time they won by five (or more) goals at home in the top flight was back in October 1976, when they crushed local rivals Ayr United 6-1. Killie had five different goalscorers in Saturday’s win; the last time this happened was a 6-0 win away to Dunfermline Athletic in April 1999, when John Henry (2), Jerome Vareille, Ian Durrant, Ally Mitchell and Ally McCoist were all on the scoresheet.

11 – St Mirren beat Dundee 2-1 at the Simple Digital Arena to leapfrog their relegation rivals and move up to 11th place in the Ladbrokes Premiership. Oran Kearney’s side had been bottom of the table since the end of January but have overtaken the Dee thanks to two wins and two draws in their last six matches. Saints have taken seven points out of nine against the Dee, which corresponds to over a third of their total for the season. Danny Mullen has scored three league goals for St Mirren this campaign – all three of them against Dundee.

3 – Partick Thistle thumped Greenock Morton 3-0 at Cappielow to climb out of the Ladbrokes Championship relegation places. Gary Caldwell’s side have picked up 10 points from their last five away matches, having previously earned just two from their opening 10 games on the road. Saturday’s match was the first time the Jags had won a league match by a margin of three or more goals since they defeated Kilmarnock 5-2 at Rugby Park in October 2015.

8 – Forfar Athletic kept the Ladbrokes League 1 title race alive for at least another week thanks to their 2-1 victory over rivals Arbroath at Station Park. Jim Weir’s side have now recorded an incredible eight successive home wins; only once in the club’s history have they put together a longer run of home league wins - that came between April 1931 and February 1932. Saturday’s victory ended the Loons’ long wait for a victory over Arbroath at Station Park – they hadn’t beaten their rivals at home in their last 11 attempts. Their previous home success against The Red Lichties was a 2-0 win in the SFL Division 2 play-off final in May 2010 – on that day, current Forfar boss Jim Weir was in charge of Arbroath and current Arbroath boss Dick Campbell was in charge of Forfar.

5 – Peterhead beat Cowdenbeath 2-1 at Balmoor to move one step closer to the Ladbrokes League 2 title. Jim McInally’s side are five points clear of Edinburgh City with five matches remaining as they aim to win the title for the first time in five years. Saturday’s victory was their fifth in a row at home – each of those five wins have come by a single-goal margin. The Blue Toon continued their total domination of the Blue Brazil – they managed a clean sweep of four wins out of four against Cowdenbeath for the second consecutive season. 

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