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Monday 1st March 2021

St. Johnstone Betfred Cup

Weekend in numbers

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

1 – St Johnstone defeated Livingston 1-0 at Hampden to win the Betfred Cup for the first time in their history. Shaun Rooney’s goal handed Saints their second major trophy success, ensuring that the League Cup joins the 2014 Scottish Cup in their trophy cabinet. Saints are the first side to win the competition after starting in the group stage since the competition format was changed in 2016/17. The Perth side are the 16th different winners of the League Cup and the 13th club to win both major cup competitions. Callum Davidson won his first trophy as a manager in his debut season – he was also assistant to Tommy Wright in 2014.

7 – Motherwell moved further clear of the Premiership relegation zone courtesy of a 2-0 victory over Hibernian at Easter Road. Goals from Jordan Roberts and Devante Cole moved Graham Alexander’s side seven points clear of 11th-placed Kilmarnock. The victory ended the Steelmen’s run of seven matches without a win over Hibs in Edinburgh – their last success was back in August 2013, when Henri Anier scored the only goal. Well have picked up 20 of their 32 Premiership points away from home, including three wins and a draw in their last five away matches.

13 – Celtic defeated Aberdeen 1-0 at Celtic Park to move 15 points clear of third-placed Hibernian in the Premiership. Odsonne Edouard scored the only goal of the game, his 16th of the season in the Premiership to move John Kennedy’s side one step closer to a Champions League qualifying spot. The Hoops are now unbeaten in 13 matches against Aberdeen in all competitions – they have picked up 11 wins and two draws against the Dons since their last defeat, on the final day of the 2017/18 season.

7 – Raith Rovers moved up to second place in the Championship after coming from behind to defeat Alloa Athletic 3-1 at Stark’s Park. Iain Davidson, Regan Hendry and Jamie Gullan all scored in the last 25 minutes as John McGlynn’s side moved to within 12 points of leaders Hearts, with two games in hand. Rovers are now unbeaten in their last seven league meetings with the Wasps. Their last league loss was in January 2016, although Alloa won when the sides met in the 2017/18 play-offs. Raith have been consistently inconsistent over the last couple of months – their last nine matches have featured five wins and four defeats in a perfect alternating pattern of W-L-W-L-W-L-W-L-W.

10 – Queen of the South defeated Dunfermline Athletic 1-0 at Palmerston to move three points clear in the final play-off spot in the Championship. Willie Gibson scored the only goal after Rohan Ferguson saved an early penalty as the Doonhamers closed to within three points of the third-placed Pars. Allan Johnston’s side have picked up seven wins and two draws in their last 10 matches in all competitions, with their only defeat coming against Alloa last month.