Sons’ gaffer hails his side’s per­for­mance against the Ter­rors as ‘out­stand­ing’

Lennox Herald - - THE BACK PAGE - Carla Tal­bot

Dum­bar­ton boss Ste­vie Aitken hailed his play­ers for their “out­stand­ing” per­for­mance against league con­tenders Dundee United.

How­ever, the Sons gaffer said he was dis­ap­pointed not to take the full points in the match at Tan­nadice Park as he praised his team’s ef­forts. Part-time Dum­bar­ton were just three min­utes away from a shock win thanks to David Smith’s fifth-minute opener. But James Keat­ing was able to grab the Tan­ger­ines a late re­ply and pre­vent the Sons from tak­ing a well earned vic­tory. Aitken said: “To say we’re dis­ap­pointed to come here and not take three points is an un­der­state­ment. “It was just a bit of tired­ness that de­nied us vic­tory. We had 120 min­utes in the Irn-Bru Cup which caught up with us. “The fact that we are the part time team and we are tak­ing points it is a credit that we can do that. “Dundee United’s as­pi­ra­tion is to win the league and our as­pi­ra­tion is to make sure we stay in the di­vi­sion and I think if we keep up per­for­mances like that we have a good chance.”

Satur­day’s Cham­pi­onship match was a dra­mat­i­cally im­proved per­for­mance from the Sons fol­low­ing their lat­est woes which saw them lose 0-4 to Dun­fermline Ath­letic.

But Aitken was keen to praise his squad, in par­tic­u­lar Tom Walsh – who had been miss­ing from the team line-up in pre­vi­ous weeks.

He added: “We chal­lenged him be­cause he’s not been in the team in the last cou­ple of weeks and we know the level he can play at.

“He’s got all the abil­ity in the world.

“He was a thorn in Dundee United’s side. We just have to make sure we get more out of him more of­ten.”

Aitken con­tin­ued: “I thought Dougie Hill was im­mense. Sam Wardrop for a young kid, I thought he was out­stand­ing.

“We are a threat go­ing for­ward. It was Greg Mor­ri­son’s first game and he only joined up with us on Thurs­day and I thought he worked well. And Dim­itris gives us a bit of qual­ity.

“Over­all we’re de­lighted and we’ll look to build on this for next week.”

Dum­bar­ton - cur­rently in eighth place with three points - will now wel­come Brechin City to the Your Ra­dio 103FM Sta­dium for their lat­est match in the Scot­tish Cham­pi­onship on Satur­day.

Praise Dum­bar­ton boss Ste­vie Aitken

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