Saturday 26th August 2017

DUMBARTON boss Stevie Aitken gave a sober account of Sons’ 4-0 defeat by Dunfermline after the game.

But he also praised the effort of his new squad in the bigger picture and promised changes.

“We never started the game right, and you can’t give a team of the quality and ability of Dunfermline that start,” the manager told reporters

“The first goal was poor, and the second we let them through from our own corner kick.

“To give away goals like that gave us a mountain to climb. The second half was difficult. We gave it plenty of effort without getting anything – one off the bar and one the goalkeeper got.

“The sending off and going down to ten men made it even more difficult. They got two more goals and that was it.”

But Stevie Aitken also made it clear that he has confidence in his squad, and that lessons can be learned at the start of what was always going to be a demanding season.

“It was a disappointing day. They’ve been working hard, the new group of players we’ve got,” he said.

“Today it’s fair to say we were well beaten and it’s disappointing. With the early goals we never gave ourselves a chance.”

The gaffer concluded by talking determinedly about making changes and strengthening the team up front, with a hope that at least one new player is set to come in soon.

Simon Barrow

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