Sons boss Aitken hopes to main­tain win­ning streak

Lennox Herald - - THE BACK PAGE - Andrew McNair

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.”

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