Saturday 16th July 2016

MANAGER Stevie Aitken had positives to take from today’s Betfred Cup tie at Forfar, which Dumbarton lost 5-3 on penalties after a 2-2 draw.

The gaffer admitted to frustration at the two goals conceded to the Loons, but was impressed by the attacking side of the team.

Stevie said: “It was a good workout. We dominated possession of the ball and created a host of chances, but I was disappointed in the two goals we lost.

“For both of them we gave the ball away in key areas of the pitch. But you expect a bit of rustiness at the start of the season and it is only the players’ fourth game together.

“When it goes to penalties it becomes a lottery and you are looking for your keeper to make a save or somebody to miss. Unfortunately for us it was one of our players who missed.

“We have drawn the game on a surface which I don’t think suits us and there is not too much disappointment. On another day we could have won the game over the 90 minutes.”

With East Fife beating Dundee on penalties, the group is still tight ahead of Sons’ clash with the Fifers on Tuesday.

And the gaffer added: “If you take care of your home games you put yourself in a strong position.

“We are expecting a tough game as East Fife will be buoyant after their result today. However, our own surface will suit the players better.”

Stevie also said it was “possible” that the squad could be added to in time for Tuesday’s game, but added that prospective deals may take longer to complete.

Andy Galloway

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