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Monday 18th November 2019

Weekend in numbers

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

4 – Partick Thistle moved into the last four of the Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Cup thanks to a 4-1 victory over Stenhousemuir at Ochilview on Saturday. Thirty nine-year-old Kenny Miller scored the fourth goal against the club for whom he scored his first career goal 21 years ago. It will be the fourth time the Jags have played in the semi-final of this competition but they have never won it – their best run came in 2012/13 when they lost the final to Queen of the South on penalties. Ian McCall won the trophy as Airdrie manager but both his previous semi-finals with Thistle ended in defeat.

Thistle’s previous Challenge Cup semi-finals
2008/09 – Partick Thistle 0-1 Airdrieonians
2010/11 – Ross County 2-2 Partick Thistle (AET, 4-3 pens)
2012/13 – Cowdenbeath 0-1 Partick Thistle

6 – Raith Rovers defeated Elgin City 3-2 on Friday night to secure their place in the Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Cup semi-final for the first time in six years. The last time Rovers reached the last four was in 2013/14, when they won the trophy thanks to a 1-0 victory over Rangers at Easter Road in the final. John McGlynn’s side are now unbeaten in 10 matches at Stark’s Park in all competitions – their only defeat this season came against Dundee in the Betfred Cup back in July.

Rovers’ previous Challenge Cup semi-finals
1991/92 – Hamilton Academical 2-1 Raith Rovers
2003/04 – Raith Rovers 0-4 Inverness Caledonian Thistle
2013/14 – Raith Rovers 3-0 Annan Athletic

5 – Dundee United extended their lead at the top of the Ladbrokes Championship table to nine points courtesy of a 3-0 victory over Queen of the South at Tannadice. Robbie Neilson’s side have recorded five consecutive victories and five consecutive clean sheets to race clear of Ayr United at the summit. United’s last defeat came in their previous meeting with the Doonhamers – that was a 4-0 thumping at Palmerston last month. Ray McKinnon was in charge the last time United won five or more consecutive games – his side recorded seven in a row in October and November 2016.

United’s fabulous five
26/10/2019 – Dundee United 2-0 Dunfermline Athletic
29/10/2019 – Dundee United 1-0 Partick Thistle
02/11/2019 – Inverness Caledonian Thistle 0-3 Dundee United
08/11/2019 – Dundee 0-2 Dundee United
16/11/2019 – Dundee United 3-0 Queen of the South

1 – Airdrieonians moved to the top of Ladbrokes League 1 thanks to a 2-0 victory over Stranraer at Stair Park. Ian Murray’s side have recorded four consecutive victories to climb from fifth to first in the table. Calum Gallagher and Dale Carrick scored the Diamonds’ goals on Saturday – they each have four goals in the last four matches. Airdrie have won eight of their last nine away matches, including each of their last five – the last time they won five in a row away from home was back in March and April 2004 as Sandy Stewart’s side sealed the Second Division title.

Airdrie’s away wins
14/09/2019 – Dumbarton 0-1 Airdrieonians
05/10/2019 – Peterhead 1-2 Airdrieonians
26/10/2019 – Forfar Athletic 1-4 Airdrieonians
09/11/2019 – Falkirk 1-2 Airdrieonians
16/11/2019 – Stranraer 0-2 Airdrieonians

8 – Cove Rangers defeated Brechin City 3-0 at Balmoral Stadium to remain five points clear at the top of Ladbrokes League 2. Paul Hartley’s side have kept eight clean sheets in nine home matches this season – the only side to breach their defence were Cowdenbeath, who scored twice in a 3-2 defeat. Cove have recorded eight consecutive home wins in all competitions – Celtic are the only SPFL club with a longer run.

Consecutive home wins (all competitions)
10 – Celtic
8 – Cove Rangers
7 – Rangers
5 – Dundee United
3 – Arbroath, Dunfermline Athletic, Elgin City, Montrose