Friday 22nd October 2021

IT is the short journey to face Airdrieonians tomorrow in the first of an important away double header for Dumbarton.

After back to back defeats, manager Stevie Farrell is anxious to see a positive reaction from his players against the Diamonds, who have been in impressive form of late.

Having rallied from two goals down to take a draw the last time the sides met, Dumbarton know what they can do against tomorrow’s home side.

Ahead of next week’s visit to East Fife, Stevie wants his players to return to the positive performances of September in order for Sons to move back up the cinch League One table.

The gaffer said: “The results of the last two games have clearly not been what we have been looking for, but only we can put it right. Nobody will give us anything on a plate.

“Despite the result last week, we were competitive and fully in the game for the first half against Queen’s Park. I will be looking for that for the full 90 minutes against Airdrieonians.

“I will also be looking for the defensive and attacking attributes we will need to win the game, as we know what a difficult fixture it will be.

“Airdrie have had some decent results of late, none more so than a convincing win at Falkirk last Saturday. We must return to doing the things we had been doing well and continue to work hard.

“I have full confidence in the players to do that, and to respond positively to the recent setbacks.”

Only the long-term injured trio of Evan Maley, Kristoffer Syvertsen and Callum Erskine will definitely miss tomorrow’s game.

Last week’s fixture came a little too soon for Paul Paton to return from injury although the midfielder had returned to training. The gaffer hopes to have him available tomorrow.

If you are travelling to the Penny Cars Stadium tomorrow, you must purchase a ticket in advance – no cash turnstiles will be operating.

Details of how to do so are as per our previous story.

If you can’t get to the game, live streaming is available, again as per our previous story.

We’ll have in-play Twitter commentary on our feed @DumbartonFC, and a report and reaction will be online as soon as possible after the final whistle.

Scott Lambie is the referee for tomorrow’s game, and David McGeachie and Calum Doyle will assist.

Andy Galloway

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