Friday 26th April 2013

DUMBARTON’S players and staff remain focused and determined ahead of Saturday’s important SFL First Division clash with Cowdenbeath at Central Park.

The team are hoping for another strong and vocal band of travelling supporters to cheer them on their way to safety in the second tier of Scottish football, at the end of a tumultuous season.

One point is needed for the celebrations to begin, but no one is taking anything for granted.

Everyone realises there is a vital job to be done, with Cowden also battling for survival and having the advantage of home turf.

Nevertheless, Sons have been strong on the road for significant chunks of this season, and are even more determined now.

“We were hoping that Cowdenbeath would pick something up last Saturday so we could get safe as quick as possible, but we are not by any means over the line yet, the league is that crazy and changes so quickly,” commented Dumbarton boss Ian Murray after last weekend’s convincing 4-1 win against Airdrie United.

“All last Saturday’s results did was to make the league a lot more exciting, but it is still in our hands, no matter what happens next week, even if we have to go to the last day of the season.”

He continued: “After last week’s win I thought we had done enough to get over the line to avoid finishing ninth. It was a great performance and we deserved the win against Airdrie United, but the news of Dunfermline’s own late winner against Cowden took the shine off the day a wee bit.

“However, it’s up to us to make sure that all the hard work we’ve put in has a just reward. Cowdenbeath too will be up for the game and they are fighting to avoid the play-offs too, so the match will have a cup final atmosphere about it.

“It’s been a good week in training and the approach to the game from the boys has been first class,” said Murray.

The full match report from Dumbarton’s victory over Airdrie United on 20th April can now be viewed online here.

Simon Barrow and Alan Findlay

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