Thursday 27th August 2015
DARREN BARR has only made one return to where it all began.
Like tomorrow night, it was under floodlights. It was also a seven-goal thriller. Whether that will be matched remains to be seen.
The Dumbarton skipper would be quite happy for another dramatic evening – just as long as he’s on the winning side this time.
Darren spent six years as a player at Falkirk, rising through the youth ranks before a close season switch to Hearts in 2010.
Only weeks after his move to Tynecastle he was back at the Bairns’ home ground for a League Cup third round tie. After trailing 2-0 and then leading 3-2, the Jambos conceded two goals in the final 10 minutes to go out of the competition.
Tomorrow Darren’s shirt will be a white one instead of a maroon one, but he’s out for some measure of revenge in the live televised fixture.
He said: “It’s a ground I was at for a long time, but I’m a Dumbarton player now and that’s the attitude I need to take into the game.
“I’ve only played there once for Hearts and it didn’t go too well, but it’s in the past and now it’s about getting Dumbarton back to winning ways.
“We need to strive to beat the teams in the Championship. We want to be up there with these teams and we know Falkirk will be up there fighting.
“The next result is the one that matters and we know that with the players we have, we can go there and get it.
“With the start we have had we want to build momentum. Last Saturday against Queen of the South we know we didn’t give the account of ourselves that we can and we want to put that right.”
The 2-0 defeat to Queen of the South ended Sons’ 100 per cent league start, and Darren was making no excuses afterwards.
He added: “We thought it would be goalless at half time but they took their goal before half time and then the second. They were a bit cheap from us, which is disappointing, but they are a good side.
“But we need to be positive. We must look to win each game and make sure we are on form, and bounce back as soon as we can.”
Andy Galloway @AGallowaySport