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Monday 22nd April 2019

Weekend in numbers

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

10 – Aberdeen defeated Kilmarnock 1-0 at Rugby Park to move three points clear of the Ayrshire side in the race for third place in the Ladbrokes Premiership. The Dons have won 10 consecutive league matches at Rugby Park since Derek McInnes took over – the last time they failed to win there was a 1-1 draw under Craig Brown in February 2013. Aberdeen have been on an incredible run of form away from home in recent months – they have picked up 25 points from 10 away matches since the start of December, with their only defeat coming at Tynecastle in March.

3 – St Mirren moved six points clear of Dundee at the bottom of the Ladbrokes Premiership thanks to a 3-1 win over Livingston at the Tony Macaroni Arena. Oran Kearney’s side have won three of their last seven league matches, having previously won just three of their opening 27. Saturday’s win was the first time the Buddies have scored three goals in a Premiership match this season – the last time they scored three or more in a top-flight fixture was a 4-1 win over Kilmarnock in April 2015.

1 – Ross County all but sealed the Ladbrokes Championship title by beating Ayr United 3-1 at Somerset Park on Friday night. The Staggies are six points clear of second-placed Dundee United with two matches remaining, and have a vastly superior goal difference, so it seems almost certain Premiership football will be returning to Dingwall next season after just a year away. Brian Graham scored all three of County’s goals to grab his third hat-trick across his two spells at the Staggies – he also scored a treble against Cove Rangers in the Betfred Cup in July 2016 and netted four times against Raith Rovers in the IRN-BRU Cup in September 2018. It was just his second career league hat-trick – the other came for Raith Rovers against Falkirk in April 2012.

3 – Stranraer thumped Brechin City 3-0 at Stair Park to ensure they would stay in Ladbrokes League 1 for another year. Stevie Farrell’s side were a point behind Brechin in the relegation play-off zone three weeks ago but have racked up three consecutive victories to move seven points clear of City with just two matches remaining. Prior to this run, the Blues had not even managed to string two consecutive league wins together but they pulled the results out of the bag when it mattered to ensure a ninth consecutive season in the third tier. Saturday’s three-goal winning margin was their biggest in the league since they beat Forfar Athletic by the same scoreline in December 2017.

5 – Albion Rovers moved a step closer to completing an unlikely Ladbrokes League 2 great escape after beating Edinburgh City 3-2 at the Reigart Stadium on Saturday. Rovers are now five points clear of Berwick Rangers with two matches remaining, having been seven points adrift as recently as early March. Kevin Harper’s side have picked up four wins in their last seven matches, having only won once between August and February. They can secure their SPFL status with a draw against Berwick at Shielfield on Saturday.