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Monday 4th December 2023

Weekend in numbers

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

4 – Heart of Midlothian defeated Kilmarnock 1-0 at the BBSP Stadium, Rugby Park to climb to third in the cinch Premiership table. A Will Dennis own goal was enough to hand Steven Naismith’s side their fourth away win of the cinch Premiership season – only Celtic and Rangers have more. Hearts have now recorded four straight league victories, all of them by a single-goal margin, including three 1-0 wins. The last time Hearts won four or more consecutive games in the top flight was in the 2018/19 campaign, when they started with five wins from five.

6 – Hibernian continued their impressive cinch Premiership form with a 2-0 victory over Aberdeen at Easter Road. Goals from Dylan Vente and Will Fish handed Nick Montgomery’s side a third straight league win to move them further clear in fifth place and to within two points of third. Hibs have lost just one of their 11 league matches under Montgomery, and have kept clean sheets in five of those. The Hibees are now unbeaten in their last six home matches against the Dons, winning five and drawing one, racking up a 15-2 aggregate scoreline in the process.

13 – Raith Rovers moved to within a point of the top of the cinch Championship table thanks to a dramatic 2-1 victory over Inverness Caledonian Thistle at the Caledonian Stadium. Ian Murray’s side trailed 1-0 with five minutes remaining, but goals from Lewis Vaughan and Jamie Gullan secured the victory and extended their unbeaten run to 10 matches. Incredibly, this is the third time this season that Rovers have won a match despite trailing heading into the last five minutes, and they also salvaged a 2-2 draw away to Partick Thistle on the opening day despite being 2-0 down with eight minutes remaining. Saturday’s win was their first league victory at the Caledonian Stadium since October 2000 – in 13 visits since then they had drawn three times and lost the other 10.

5 – Hamilton Academical thumped Queen of the South 5-0 at New Douglas Park to climb to the top of the cinch League 1 table. A Kevin O’Hara double and goals from Lewis Smith, Reghan Tumilty and Connor Murray took Accies’ league tally to 34 goals in 15 games, which is already more than the 31 they managed in the whole of last season in the cinch Championship. Accies won 5-0 against Stirling Albion in their previous home league match – this is the first time since November 1960 that they have scored five or more goals in back-to-back home league matches. The second win was against Queen of the South back then too – they beat Stenhousemuir 6-1 and Queens 5-1.

5 – Stenhousemuir defeated Bonnyrigg Rose 1-0 at Ochilview to move three points clear at the top of cinch League 2. Matty Aitken’s first-half goal was enough to give Gary Naysmith’s side all three points and extend their unbeaten league run to 10 matches. The Warriors have won five consecutive league matches for the first time since August-September 2008, in a season in which they ultimately gained promotion to the third tier. Stenhousemuir remain unbeaten against Bonnyrigg Rose in competitive matches – they have now picked up four wins and two draws in six meetings.