Sunday 9th August 2015

DUMBARTON manager Stevie Aitken is full of praise for his players following their headline-making 2-1 win over Championship big boys Hibernian at the Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium yesterday.

Since the final whistle blew, much media attention has focused on Hibs’ woes – but the manager says it is important not to take away credit where it is due.

Declared gaffer Aitken after the match: “Hibs will finish in the top two anyway, but I thought we deserved it.

“We came up with that bit of quality when we needed it, especially through Willie Gibson’s goal.”

Gibson, who set up Gregor Buchanan for Sons’ opener on three minutes and claimed the points with an amazing free kick on 55 minutes, was making his league debut for Dumbarton – with his son Rory as mascot.

“The manager told us about Hibs’ weaknesses during our preparations,” said the overjoyed striker.

“We knew we had to defend well, and our game plan worked.

“From a personal point of view it was a great day, with an assist and a goal.”

However, Sons will not be taking it easy on the back of a famous victory which has had the supporters and onlookers buzzing.

They face a tough assignment when they travel to take on highly fancied St Mirren next Saturday.

Preparations for that important away encounter are already underway.

Simon Barrow

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