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Monday 10th October 2016

Weekend in numbers

We look at some of the numbers behind the weekend games, with the focus on St Mirren, Queen of the South, Alloa, Dunfermline and TNS.

We look at some of the numbers behind the weekend games, with the focus on St Mirren, Queen of the South, Alloa, Dunfermline and TNS.

8 Queen of the South remain unbeaten at Palmerston in eight games across three competitions this season after seeing off Linfield 2-0 on Sunday to reach the last eight of the IRN-BRU Cup. Gavin Skelton's men needed extra time to notch up their seventh home victory of 2016/17 but only Hibernian - in a recent 0-0 draw - have been able to deny the Doonhamers in Dumfries. Queens are aiming to extend that impressive record when they host Morton in the Ladbrokes Championship on Saturday.

5 St Mirren recorded their fifth win of the season by coming from behind to beat Hibernian 2-1 in the IRN-BRU Cup at Easter Road on Saturday but all of those victories have come in cup competitions. They were the only team not to qualify from the group stage of the Betfred Cup with nine points, after wins over Livingston, Ayr United and Edinburgh City, and have defeated Albion Rovers (after extra time) and now Hibs in the IRN-BRU Cup. New boss Jack Ross will be hoping to lead them to a first Ladbrokes Championship success of 2016/17 when Dundee United visit the Paisley 2021 Stadium on Saturday.

12 Alloa Athletic striker Greig Spence took his tally to an impressive 12 goals in 16 appearances this season with a double in the 4-2 win away to Bala Town in the IRN-BRU Cup fourth round. The former Cowdenbeath forward has netted six times in Ladbrokes League 1 and has contributed three goals in both the Betfred and IRN-BRU Cups. Saturday was the fifth time in 2016/17 the Wasps have scored four or more goals in a game - they also did so against Cove Rangers (4-0), Peterhead (4-0), Stranraer (5-2) and Albion Rovers (4-0).

3 Farid El Alagui was the key man in Dunfermline Athletic's 2-1 home victory over Queen's Park on Saturday. With the game goalless at the interval, the former Dundee United and Hibernian striker replaced Gavin Reilly and scored a double for Allan Johnston's men before his own goal gave the Spiders hope. His only other goal this season came in the 4-3 win against St Mirren in the Ladbrokes Championship at East End Park last month.

4 Greg Draper scored a hat-trick as Welsh champions The New Saints beat Ladbrokes League 2 leaders Forfar Athletic 3-1 at Station Park in IRN-BRU Cup round four on Saturday. It was the fourth treble of this season's competition - Craig Malcolm scored four times in Stranraer's 7-1 win over Spartans in round two, Kevin Nisbet got three when Partick Thistle's U20s side beat Clyde 5-0 in round one, as did Scott Wright for Aberdeen U20s in a 5-2 win at Formartine. TNS were the only side to beat SPFL opponents - Bala Town were knocked out by Alloa, Livingston defeated Crusaders in Belfast and Queen of the South got the better of Linfield.