JUST TOP OF THEIR GAME
Sons’ gaffer hails his side’s performance against the Terrors as ‘outstanding’
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