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Monday 28th September 2015

Weekend in numbers

@splstats looks at some of the numbers behind the weekend games:

@splstats looks at some of the numbers behind the weekend games:

12 St Johnstone defeated Dundee United 2-1 on Saturday to extend their unbeaten run at McDiarmid Park to 12 matches in all competitions. Saints’ last defeat in Perth came way back on Valentine’s Day, when champions Celtic recorded a 2-1 victory. Since then, Tommy Wright’s side have picked up six wins and six draws at home, and have not conceded more than a single goal in any of those matches. Going further back, they have suffered just two defeats in their last 21 matches at McDiarmid Park, with Hamilton Accies the only other team to win there in that time.

10 Motherwell beat Partick Thistle 2-1 to give Stephen Craigan a winning start to his spell as caretaker manager. The Steelmen are now unbeaten in their last 10 home matches against Thistle, picking up six wins and four draws. The Jags’ last victory at Fir Park came back in January 1996, when Michael Jackson was at UK No 1 with “Earth Song”. On that day, Tommy Turner and Gregg Watson both found the target for the Firhill side as they picked up a 2-0 victory.

6 Raith Rovers moved into third place in the Championship, with Lewis Toshney scoring the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win over Dumbarton at Stark’s Park. Ray McKinnon’s side have won all six of their home matches in the 2015/16 season, and have conceded just one goal in the process. This is the first time Rovers have won six matches in a row in Kirkcaldy since July-September 2010 – at the start of a season in which they finished second in the First Division.

13 Albion Rovers recorded a 2-0 victory over Stenhousemuir at Cliftonhill on Saturday to move level on points with the sides in the final two Ladbrokes League 1 play-off spots. The Coatbridge club have picked up 13 points from their first eight matches - their best start to a third-tier season since 1986/87, when they managed five victories from their opening eight games, but eventually slumped to eighth in the table. Andy Barrowman scored both of Rovers’ goals on Saturday – he has found the net five times in 2015, and four of them were doubles against the Warriors.

3 East Fife moved to the top of Ladbrokes League 2 courtesy of an impressive 4-1 victory away to a Montrose side who previously had a 100% record at Links Park. Nathan Austin was the Fife club’s hero with a hat-trick which took his tally to eight goals in all competitions, which is already more than halfway to his haul of 14 for last season. Saturday’s treble saw Austin clinch the match ball for the third time in less than 12 months – he also netted a hat-trick in a 7-0 Scottish Cup win at home to Threave Rovers last October, and scored four in a 5-3 victory at Elgin in March.