Monday 23rd November 2015

JON Routledge was only 15 when he watched the original.

He celebrated turning 26 by taking part in the sequel.

The Dumbarton midfielder admitted that Saturday’s incredible comeback against Raith Rovers turned the clock back 11 years.

Back in May 2005, the diehard Liverpool fan watched his team come from 3-0 down against AC Milan to win the Champions League on penalties.

Although there was no trophy for Sons on Saturday, Jon admitted that the Reds’ triumph inspired him to help claim a 3-3 draw in the final 10 minutes against the Kirkcaldy side.

It also meant that Jon left for the team’s Christmas bash in Dublin, which co-incided with his 26th birthday today (Monday), in high spirits.

He said: “It was a crazy game.

“Although it was disappointing for us to go 3-0 down, we showed good spirit and we’ve done well to get a result out of it.

“I said at full time that I just thought of Liverpool in Istanbul after we started the comeback.

“We could have even won it at the end, but equally we could have thrown it away as well.

“There are positive and negative lessons for us to take, but we have to look at the positives first.

“We need to learn from the mistakes we are making which are leading to goals, but we’ve done well to fight back as well.

“I didn’t know that Livingston had drawn as well, so it was a good point for us to get.”

With Saturday’s William Hill Scottish Cup third round tie giving Sons their next test, Jon is hopeful of a more comfortable afternoon.

He added: “I’d like to hope that we can do better than we did today and pick up the result on Saturday, and in the matches to come.

“The trip to Dublin will be a good team bonding session, and hopefully we can come back and kick on.”

Andy Galloway

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