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Monday 27th January 2020

Weekend in numbers

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

12 – Heart of Midlothian defeated Rangers 2-1 at Tynecastle on Sunday to move to within a point of Hamilton Academical at the bottom of the Ladbrokes Premiership table. The Jam Tarts ended a run of 12 matches without a win against the Light Blues in all competitions – their last victory came in February 2017, when Ian Cathro’s side recorded a 4-1 victory. It was Daniel Stendel’s first league win as Hearts boss and new signing Liam Boyce marked his debut by scoring the winner.

Hearts debut goalscorers since promotion
18/07/2017 – Kyle Lafferty (v Elgin City)
18/07/2018 – Olly Lee (v Cove Rangers)
18/07/2018 – Steven MacLean (v Cove Rangers)
16/07/2019 – Craig Halkett (v Cowdenbeath)
26/01/2020 – Liam Boyce (v Rangers)

4 – Livingston further boosted their Ladbrokes Premiership top-six hopes thanks to a 4-2 victory over Hamilton Academical at the Foys Stadium. Gary Holt’s side remain fifth in the table and are now eight points clear of seventh-placed Kilmarnock. The Lions have recorded four consecutive victories in all competitions for the first time since their Ladbrokes League 1 winning campaign in 2016/17. Saturday’s success was just their third away league win since they gained promotion to the top flight in 2018.

Livingston’s four in a row
29/12/2019 – Livingston 2-0 Hibernian (Ladbrokes Premiership)
18/01/2020 – Livingston 3-1 Raith Rovers (Scottish Cup)
22/01/2020 – Livingston 1-0 St Johnstone (Ladbrokes Premiership)
25/01/2020 – Hamilton Academical 2-4 Livingston (Ladbrokes Premiership)

7 – Alloa Athletic climbed off the bottom of the Ladbrokes Championship table thanks to a 3-2 victory over Queen of the South at Palmerston. Kevin O’Hara netted six goals in a week for the Wasps – the 21-year-old scored doubles in three consecutive matches to take his tally for the season to 13. Alloa continued their incredible recent record against Queens – they are unbeaten in seven matches against the Doonhamers since they returned to the Championship in 2018.

Wasps sting Doonhamers
06/10/2018 – Queen of the South 3-3 Alloa Athletic
22/12/2018 – Alloa Athletic 2-0 Queen of the South
23/02/2019 – Queen of the South 1-2 Alloa Athletic
13/04/2019 – Alloa Athletic 1-0 Queen of the South
31/08/2019 – Queen of the South 0-1 Alloa Athletic
26/10/2019 – Alloa Athletic 2-2 Queen of the South
25/01/2020 – Queen of the South 2-3 Alloa Athletic

6 – Falkirk thumped Forfar Athletic 6-0 at the Falkirk Stadium to keep themselves within touching distance of Raith Rovers at the top of the Ladbrokes League 1 table. The Bairns extended their unbeaten run to 11 matches in all competitions – they have picked up six wins and five draws since their last defeat in early November. It is the second time this season that Falkirk have scored six goals in a game – they also defeated Dumbarton 6-0 back in August.

Falkirk scoring six since 2002
24/08/2002 – Alloa Athletic 1-6 Falkirk (1st Division)
24/08/2004 – Peterhead 1-6 Falkirk (League Cup)
25/10/2014 – Falkirk 6-0 Cowdenbeath (Championship)
03/09/2016 – Falkirk 6-0 Elgin City (Challenge Cup)
06/01/2018 – Falkirk 6-1 Dundee United (Ladbrokes Championship)
10/08/2019 – Falkirk 6-0 Dumbarton (Ladbrokes League 1)
25/01/2020 – Falkirk 6-0 Forfar Athletic  (Ladbrokes League 1)

7 – Cowdenbeath moved a step closer to securing a promotion play-off spot in Ladbrokes League 2 thanks to a 3-2 victory over Brechin City at Central Park. Gary Bollan’s side sit in third place and are eight points clear of fifth-placed Annan Athletic. Saturday’s success was the Blue Brazil’s seventh consecutive home win over Brechin, a run which stretches back to 2010.

Cowdenbeath’s home wins against Brechin
24/04/2010 – Cowdenbeath 4-0 Brechin City (Division 2)
13/08/2011 – Cowdenbeath 3-1 Brechin City (Division 2)
25/02/2012 – Cowdenbeath 1-0 Brechin City (Division 2)
14/11/2015 – Cowdenbeath 3-0 Brechin City (Ladbrokes League 1)
09/04/2016 – Cowdenbeath 2-1 Brechin City (Ladbrokes League 1)
31/08/2019 – Cowdenbeath 2-1 Brechin City (Ladbrokes League 2)
25/01/2020 – Cowdenbeath 3-2 Brechin City (Ladbrokes League 2)