Friday 15th April 2016

TUESDAY’S win may all have been about Dumbarton’s strikers who put four goals past Queen of the South.

But Gregor Buchanan doesn’t mind being the unsung hero. In fact, he’s grateful to Christian Nade, Tom Walsh and Garry Fleming.

Those three grabbed the goals, but despite the concession of two to Queens, Gregor has been part of a sound recent defensive effort by Sons.

After being named Sons Supporters Trust man of the match against Morton, he put in another fine showing in the 1-0 defeat away to Rangers.

That was followed by the 4-2 victory over Queen of the South – a result the importance of which is not lost on Gregor.

He said: “It was a really important result. We need to be picking up points until the end of the season and it’s a massive victory for us.

“The last game with Queens was not a good one for us but we’ve been having some trouble on the road of late and it’s important to take care of things in your home games.

“Since we lost at Dumfries we’ve worked hard to make sure that it doesn’t happen again and we concede as few goals as possible.

“Getting the goalless draw with Morton was a good start to that, and then we put in a great defensive showing at Ibrox.

“You don’t want to lose any goals but Queens are a good side and they caused us a lot of problems. It was nice for the strikers to score and put daylight between us.”

Gregor’s recent run in the team has come after a spell on the sidelines, when he did not start a match from early December to early January.

Since then, he’s been virtually ever-present and is sure to be involved again when Sons face Raith Rovers in Saturday’s televised fixture.

Victory against the Kirkcaldy side would leave Dumbarton needing just one more win to secure a place in next season’s Championship whatever rivals Livingston do.

Gregor added: “It’s always disappointing when you are not playing. I knew I had to work hard and when I got the chance I stuck in there to make sure my position was nailed down.

“We have to be confident against any team we play at home, and will be going into the Raith match. We’ve shown all season, apart from the New Year game with Rangers, that we’ve been pretty solid there.

“I don’t think it’ll come into it that they’re already in the play-offs. They will want to keep playing. They certainly won’t want to rest and lose the confidence they’ve got.

“But if we apply ourselves as we can, there’s definitely a chance of another three points.”

Andy Galloway

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