Sons boss Aitken hopes to maintain winning streak
Dumbarton manager Stevie Aitken hopes his side’s strong run of results continue when they travel to Dunfermline Athletic on Saturday.
The Sons have kept three clean sheets in a row racking up wins over Brechin City, Raith Rovers and Elgin City in consecutive weeks.
And while the league trip to East End Park will arguably be a tougher task than the last two cup wins – the manager is confident in his side who will welcome back Cypriot international Dimitris Froxylias after a niggle fan-favourite Christian Nade who is now fully fit.
Aitken told the Lennox Herald: “They are a very good side. One we haven’t done as well as against as I’d have liked.
“They came to us earlier in the season and won comfortably but we are on the back of three strong results, with three clean sheets and we’re looking to continue that run of form on Saturday.”
The gaffer now has a selection headache for the tie with only right-sided David Smith a doubt for match as well as Tuesday night’s Championship clash with Queen of the South at the Rock.
“It’s a good position to be in,” added the manager. “The lads that have come in and have done really well.
“Queens will be well organised and have some great striking options in the likes of Chris Kane, Stephen Dobbie and Derek Lyle. But we are at home for that one and we always fancy ourselves at home.”
Meanwhile, Dumbarton have been drawn away to Peterhead in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup which takes place in January. Saturday’s 1-0 win over Elgin booked their place in the draw.
Aitkin added: “In any cup game the aim is to get into the next round and that’s what we did.
“We could have made it a lot easier for ourselves by taking a few more chances but in the end we went through comfortably.
“Peterhead probably isn’t the tie we’d have looked for as you always want to be at home –but it’s winnable. They have some good players like Rory McCallister, Willie Gibson and David McCracken and will fancy their chances. So we’ll need to make sure we go there with the right attitude and hopefully we will get through.”