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Monday 18th January 2021

Ross County Scottish Premiership

Weekend in numbers

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

4 – Ross County were the biggest winners of the weekend, thumping Aberdeen 4-1 at the Global Energy Stadium to climb off the bottom of the Premiership. County had lost nine of their last 10 matches against the Dons, including each of the last five meetings in Dingwall, but John Hughes’ men scored within 36 seconds and never looked like surrendering that lead. Oli Shaw notched just the second double of his career, and his first in the top flight – the only previous occasion where he scored two goals was for Stenhousemuir against Queen’s Park at Hampden in April 2017. This was the first time County had scored four in a top-flight match since they beat Partick Thistle 4-0 in April 2018.

7 – Hibernian defeated Kilmarnock 2-0 at Easter Road to move up to third place in the Premiership table. An Alan Power own goal gave Hibs the lead and Alex Gogic sealed the win with his first goal for the club. The Hibees are now unbeaten in their last seven matches against Killie in Edinburgh, picking up four wins and three draws. Kilmarnock’s last success at Easter Road came on the final day of the 2013/14 season, when Kris Boyd scored the only goal to consign Hibs to the relegation play-off spot.

6 – St Johnstone ended a run of 10 Premiership matches without a victory by defeating St Mirren 1-0 at McDiarmid Park. Callum Davidson’s men had not won in the league since they defeated Kilmarnock 1-0 in November but Chris Kane’s goal ensured Saints would go into next week’s Betfred Cup semi-final on a high. The Perth club are now unbeaten in their last six home matches against the Paisley Saints, a run of five wins and a draw since their last defeat back in October 2014.

9 – Livingston extended their unbeaten run to nine matches in all competitions thanks to a 0-0 draw at Celtic Park. The Lions’ run of eight straight wins under David Martindale was brought to a halt, but they still obtained a useful point which keeps them in fifth place in the Premiership. Since Martindale took over in November, Livi have kept six clean sheets out of nine, and have conceded just three goals in total. This was just the second time they have avoided defeat at Celtic Park in 15 visits – they have still never won in the east end of Glasgow but did record another 0-0 draw back in April 2019. 

14 – Heart of Midlothian extended their lead at the top of the Championship to seven points thanks to a 3-1 victory over Alloa Athletic at the Indodrill Stadium. Robbie Neilson’s side lost to the Wasps in the Betfred Cup in November but have never lost to them in a league meeting. The sides have now met 14 times in the league, with Hearts picking up 11 wins and the other three ending in draws.