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Monday 15th March 2021

Livingston Scottish Premiership

Weekend in numbers

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

6 – Livingston defeated Hamilton Academical 2-1 at the Tony Macaroni Arena to secure their spot in the top six of the Premiership for the second consecutive season. This will be just the third time in Livingston’s history that they have finished in the top six of the top flight – they came third in the SPL in 2001/02 and finished fifth last year. The Lions had suffered five defeats in their previous six matches but Saturday’s win has boosted their hopes of securing a European place for just the second time in their history. David Martindale’s side are now six points behind Aberdeen in the race for fourth place – finishing in that spot would guarantee a place in the qualifying round of the new UEFA Conference League.

10 – Hibernian moved further clear in third place in the Premiership after coming from behind to defeat Ross County 2-1 at the Global Energy Stadium. Billy Mckay gave the Staggies the lead in the 50th minute but the Hibees turned it around within 10 minutes thanks to goals from Martin Boyle and Kevin Nisbet. Jack Ross’ side have picked up 32 of their 55 points away from home – only Rangers have a better record on the road. Saturday’s success was their 10th away league win of the season – equalling their club record for the most away victories in a league season, set in 1946/47 and repeated in 1964/65.

13 – Heart of Midlothian moved 15 points clear at the top of the Championship thanks to a 2-0 victory over Ayr United at Tynecastle. Robbie Neilson’s side have picked up five wins and three draws in their last eight matches as they move closer to securing a return to the Premiership. Another 13 points are required from their final seven matches to seal the title. Hearts have won 11 of their 13 home matches in all competitions this season, with the only blips being a defeat to Raith Rovers in January and a draw with Morton in February.

2 – Alloa Athletic defeated Queen of the South 3-2 at Palmerston to give their Championship survival hopes a timely boost. Liam Buchanan’s winner gave Peter Grant’s side just their second victory of 2021, and moved them to within four points of Arbroath, Ayr United and Inverness Caledonian Thistle at the foot of the table with seven matches still to play. The Wasps have an excellent record against the Doonhamers – they have picked up seven wins in their last 10 meetings, losing just once. This record is all the more curious given the clubs’ relative form – Alloa have two wins in 13, both against Queens, while Queens have two losses in 12, both against Alloa.

4 – Dundee climbed back into the promotion play-off spots in the Championship thanks to a 2-0 victory over Arbroath at Dens Park. Dark Blues goalkeeper Adam Legzdins saved a first-half penalty before goals from Danny Mullen and Max Anderson ensured they moved into fourth spot, ahead of Queen of the South on goal difference. Dundee have an excellent home record this season – they have picked up 20 of their 27 points at home and have only lost once at Dens Park.