Friday 14th November 2014

SONS manager Ian Murray was in determined mood ahead of the crucial Livington game at the Energy Assets Arena in a crucial match.

Recent form for Dumbarton in terms of results has not been good and a win in West Lothian was needed to boost everyone’s spirits.

The gaffer reflected on last week’s loss at Dumfries and gave an insight as to what he’s thinking about his approach following that setback we caught up with him this morning.

He said: “We didn’t get the rub of the green against Queen of the South. We played poorly overall. The Livingston match therefore becomes vital.

“A win will pull us away from Livi and Cowdenbeath but if we lose and Cowden win, we will finish the day at the bottom of the league.

“We’ll need to be positive and the boys have responded well this week in training, so we are reasonably confident.

“Livingston will not make it easy for us but every game in this division throws up a challenge.”

On-loan goalkeeper Danny Rogers (from Aberdeen) will be missing from the upcoming game as he’s on international duty with the Irish under-21s in Spain, so Jamie Ewings will be vying with Stephen Grindlay to be between the sticks.

Striker Chris Kane, who scored a late winner the last time both clubs met in August, is battling to be fit for the match and could yet make the squad following a fitness test.

He trained for the first time in a long while yesterday and would be a welcome addition to the squad. He’s rated at 50/50 by manager Murray.

Hugh Murray remains sidelined and Scott Linton who missed last week’s trip to Palmerston will miss out again tomorrow having not recovered from his hamstring troubles.

Alan Findlay & Simon Barrow

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