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Monday 22nd March 2021

St. Johnstone Scottish Premiership

Weekend in numbers

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

6 – St Johnstone sealed the final spot in the Premiership top six courtesy of a 1-0 victory over Ross County at McDiarmid Park on Saturday. Glenn Middleton’s late winner, coupled with Kyle Munro’s even later goal for Hamilton Academical against St Mirren, ensured that the Perth Saints finished above the Paisley Saints on goal difference. St Johnstone have now finished in the top six of the Premiership in eight of the last 10 seasons – only Celtic have done so more often during that period. It was the perfect time for Saints to end a run of seven matches without a victory against the Staggies – their previous win was in February 2018.

4 – Kilmarnock thumped Motherwell 4-1 at The BBSP Stadium, Rugby Park, to climb off the bottom of the Premiership table. Tommy Wright earned his first win as Killie boss thanks to goals from Kyle Lafferty, Rory McKenzie, Chris Burke and Mitch Pinnock. Killie had only taken one point from their previous 10 matches, and eight from their previous 18, but arrested that slide in emphatic style to move into 11th spot, a point ahead of Hamilton Academical and a point behind Ross County. It was Killie’s biggest win over the Steelmen since August 2005, when they won by the same scoreline thanks to a double from Kris Boyd and goals from Allan Johnston and Gary McDonald.

15 – Dundee defeated Alloa Athletic 3-0 at the Indodrill Stadium on Friday night to boost their promotion play-off hopes. James McPake’s side remain fourth in the Championship table but are now level on points with second-placed Raith Rovers and third-placed Dunfermline, and three clear of Inverness and Queen of the South in fifth and sixth. The Dee are unbeaten in their last 15 league matches against the Wasps – Alloa’s last league win over Dundee was back in December 1938.

1 – Forfar Athletic marked the return of League 1 football by climbing off the bottom of the table by defeating Dumbarton 1-0 at the C&G Systems Stadium. Ryan McGeever’s unfortunate OG proved to be the only goal of the game and saw the Loons move ahead of Clyde on goal difference and just two points behind the Sons. Stuart Malcolm’s side had previously won just two of their last 20 league matches, a run which stretched back to 2019. Forfar had previously gone five matches without a win against Dumbarton, with their last success coming in January 2019.

118 – Queen’s Park marked their last ever match at Hampden Park with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Stranraer. The Spiders first moved to the current site of Hampden Park 118 years ago, opening it with a 1-0 league victory over Celtic in 1903. It was the third “Hampden Park” the club had called their home – the first is now the site of Hampden Bowling Club, while the second was what would later be known as Cathkin Park, subsequently the home of Third Lanark until their demise in 1967. Ray McKinnon’s side were unbeaten in their last 10 league matches at the National Stadium but will conclude their 2020/21 campaign elsewhere.

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