Monday 14th November 2016
DUMBARTON boss Stevie Aitken is looking for a positive response from his squad for next weekend’s clash with Raith Rovers.
His declaration of renewed determination follows a disappointing showing against local rivals Greenock Morton on Saturday.
The gaffer was straightforward of his assessment of the 2-0 defeat when he spoke to the media after the game.
“We weren’t at it right from the word go,” he said. “The match was fairly even in the first half, but we still didn’t look like getting on top.”
The Sons were also hit badly by the loss of key players, both before and during the game.
“In the morning, Darren Barr had to pull out because his wee girl was not well,” Aitken reported.
The good news today is that the captain’s daughter is now making a recovery.
“Our two injuries [to Mark Docherty and Frazer Wright] in the space of five minutes in the second half turned the game,” added the boss.
“My main concern now is the fitness of the squad because we’re right down to the low numbers.”
However, the Dumbarton manager believes his active players can respond to the defeat and put in a good performance against Raith this weekend.
“We’re still in a decent position in the division. We’d like more points, of course. But there’s a long way to go and everything to play for.”