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Monday 2nd November 2020

Weekend in numbers

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

9 – Rangers extended their lead at the top of the Premiership to nine points courtesy of a 1-0 victory over Kilmarnock at the BBSP Stadium, Rugby Park. Steven Gerrard’s side have now recorded nine consecutive victories in all competitions, which is their best run since they were promoted to the Premiership in 2016. The Light Blues haven’t conceded a single goal in their last six matches and have kept an incredible 15 clean sheets in 19 matches since the season kicked off. It was a rare success for Rangers in Ayrshire – this was just their second away win in their last nine visits to Kilmarnock on league business.

5 – Dundee United defeated Ross County 2-1 at Tannadice to move up to fifth in the Premiership table. Nicky Clark netted his first top-flight double to ensure Micky Mellon’s side picked up their first league win in five matches. The Terrors also defeated the Staggies 2-1 in August, and are now unbeaten in their last five meetings, with four wins and a draw – County’s last victory was 5-1 in the Championship in September 2018.

3 – Greenock Morton climbed to fourth in the Championship after a sensational comeback gave them a 3-2 victory over Ayr United at Cappielow. David Hopkin’s side trailed 2-0 with eight minutes remaining but goals from Gary Oliver, Cameron Blues and Lewis Strapp earned them an unlikely victory. The last time a team came from two goals down inside the last 10 minutes to win a second-tier match was in March 2011, when Cowdenbeath defeated Stirling Albion 4-3 at Forthbank. On that occasion, the Blue Brazil were actually 3-0 down with 14 minutes to go, but scored in the 77th, 82nd, 89th and 90th minutes to seal the win. Morton remain unbeaten at home in the league in 2020 – in seven Championship matches at Cappielow they have three wins and four draws.

1 – Peterhead defeated Clyde 2-0 at Broadwood to pick up their first victory of the League 1 season. Lyall Cameron and Scott Brown scored the goals to ensure the Blue Toon climbed off the foot of the table. Saturday’s success was Peterhead’s first away league win since last November, and that also came against Clyde at Broadwood. Indeed, Jim McInally’s side have a very impressive record in Cumbernauld – on their last eight visits they have notched up six wins and a draw, with their only defeat coming in January 2018.

16 – Brechin City climbed off the foot of League 2 after beating Albion Rovers 2-0 at the Reigart Stadium to secure their first victory in over 10 months. City had gone 16 matches without a win in all competitions since they defeated Cowdenbeath in Glebe Park in December. It was a perfect start for caretaker manager Michael Paton, who was taking charge of the team following the departure of Mark Wilson last week.