Monday 9th April 2018
GOOD things might not always come to those who wait. But sometimes they do.
Prior to last Tuesday night, David Wilson hadn’t been in Dumbarton’s starting line-up since January.
He was last there in the William Hill Scottish Cup tie at Peterhead; on league business, it was at home to Dunfermline on Saturday, January 6.
The wait ended against Dundee United at Tannadice and, on Saturday, the waiting was worth it.
David provided two classy assists for Craig Barr as Sons earned a priceless 3-2 victory over the Tannadice club.
Saturday was his first full 90 minutes since Peterhead – but his first assist may have been a ‘sliding doors’ moment.
When David was about to put the corner in for Craig Barr to head Sons’ second goal on 59 minutes, Grant Gallagher was standing in the technical area ready to come on.
But the midfielder, who replaced David at the same stage of last Tuesday night’s clash with United, sat back down after Barr headed Dumbarton back in front.
Gallagher did come on eight minutes later, replacing Danny Handling.
Speaking to www.dumbartonfootballclub.com, David said: “First and foremost, it’s good to be back in the team again, after being out for quite a while.
“I thought we played well last Tuesday night, even though we didn’t get anything out of it. On Saturday we got at Dundee United from the start and the first goal gave us a bit of confidence.
“We lost the equaliser, and were then pulled level again, but we have character in the dressing room and we were able to hold out after the third goal.
“I didn’t actually see Grant waiting to come on. I just put the corner in and Craig did really well to finish it.
“For the second, the ball has come back out to me and I knew I could put in a good cross. Once again, Craig got the goal.
“It’s the first time I’ve played 90 minutes for some time. I felt it a bit towards the end, but I always want to help the team as best I can and I’m pleased I played the full game.”
The added significance of Saturday’s result is that it may just have given Dumbarton a way back into the race for automatic survival.
Eight points is now the gap to eighth-placed Falkirk, who have still to play champions in waiting St Mirren twice as well as visiting the YOUR Radio 103FM Stadium.
David insists that spirits are still high in the dressing room ahead of the next assignment – tomorrow’s trip to face Morton.
He added: “There is definitely still confidence in the dressing room.
“We’re just taking it game by game and we don’t think about the teams roundabout us.
“On Saturday we won against a very good side and we have another tough game on Tuesday, but will go into it confidently.
“Hopefully that can pay off and we can get another result.”