Wednesday 12th August 2015

THE scalp of Hibernian on Saturday isn’t enough for Dumbarton defender Gregor Buchanan.

Because now he wants St Mirren to be put on Sons’ mantelpiece when the teams clash in Paisley on Saturday.

The tall centre half scored the opening goal in the 2-1 victory over Hibs, with Willie Gibson getting the second half winner.

And while acknowledging how tough it will be for Sons in this season’s Ladbrokes SPFL Championship, he’s keen to kick on.

He said: “Now that we are off the mark we are really looking forward to it, although we know it will be another tough game.

“Week in, week out, it will be tough in this league, and we need to pick up points as quickly as we can.

“I’ve played at St Mirren’s stadium already and it’s a good arena to go and play, so I’m excited about going there again.

“I was delighted to get on the scoresheet on Saturday, but the most important thing was to get the result.

“It was a tough game and I think everybody would have said it was good to get our first points. We were confident that we could do that and it was a magnificent start.

“It was one of those where you can be attacking and before you know it, you’re in your own penalty box, but we knew that a side like Hibs would have a spell in the game.
“We had to defend for some time but the boys all dug in and we got the three points in the end.

“Hopefully it shows that we mean business this season.”

Sons’ achievement on Saturday was all the more notable as they were without skipper Darren Barr – Gregor’s partner in central defence since they signed.
But Gregor paid tribute to former Sons captain Andy Graham, who fitted seamlessly in beside him at centre half.

He added: “Darren and I have played most of the friendly games together in defence, but Andy was more than able to step into his place on Saturday.

“The three of us know that if one of us is out then the other two will be comfortable to play alongside each other in central defence.”

Andy Galloway

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