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Monday 18th September 2017

Weekend in numbers

Resident statto @splstats looks at some of the numbers behind the weekend games in fixture round six of the SPFL.

Resident statto @splstats looks at some of the numbers behind the weekend games in fixture round six of the SPFL.

4 – Dundee beat St Johnstone 3-2 at Dens Park to pick up their first victory of the Ladbrokes Premiership season. Forward A-Jay Leitch-Smith scored twice on his first start for the Dee and Sofien Moussa grabbed his first league goal from the spot. It was Dundee’s fourth straight home win against Saints, which is their best run in the fixture since the 1970s. Amazingly, the match featured three penalties in the space of nine minutes, with Liam Craig converting two for St Johnstone either side of Moussa’s spot-kick.

55 – Celtic moved two points clear at the top of the Ladbrokes Premiership after defeating Ross County 4-0 at Celtic Park on Saturday. The Hoops are now unbeaten in 55 domestic matches, a run which stretches all the way back to May 2016, and comprises 50 wins and five draws. James Forrest netted a double for the first time since October 2011 and Moussa Dembele returned from injury to score his first goal in six months. Saturday’s match was the Staggies’ 10th visit to Celtic Park and they have yet to record a victory.

7 – Dunfermline Athletic moved to the top of the Ladbrokes Championship with an emphatic 3-0 victory over previous leaders St Mirren. Allan Johnston’s side have won seven consecutive home matches in all competitions and have banged in an incredible 27 goals in the process. This is their best run at East End Park since Bert Paton’s side set a club record of 11 straight wins between April and October 1994. The Pars are now unbeaten in seven league matches against Saints, with their last defeat coming back in November 2011.

5 – Arbroath climbed into the Ladbrokes League 1 play-off places after a thumping 5-0 victory over local rivals Forfar Athletic at Station Park. It was the Red Lichties’ biggest away league win since January 2011, when they beat another fellow Angus side, Montrose, by the same scoreline at Links Park. It matched their biggest ever away victory against Forfar in a national competition; they also beat them 5-0 back in January 1924. The victory extended their unbeaten run at Station Park to nine matches – the last time they lost to the Loons in Forfar was in the Second Division play-off final back in May 2010.

1 – Edinburgh City climbed off the bottom of Ladbrokes League 2 after an exciting 3-2 victory over Clyde at Broadwood. City led 2-1 with five minutes remaining, thanks to a double from debutant Abdel Karim Belmokhtar, then it was a tale of two former Scotland strikers, with David Goodwillie equalising for Clyde before Craig Beattie notched a stoppage-time winner for Gary Jardine’s men. It was City’s first ever victory over the Bully Wee – their four previous meetings ended in two draws and two defeats.