Saturday 31st July 2021

MANAGER Stevie Farrell was delighted to mark his league debut as Dumbarton manager with today’s dominant performance away to Clyde.

The win was secured by an own goal, and further efforts by Ross MacLean and Conner Duthie, giving Sons their first opening league victory by a three-goal margin since 1991

The gaffer remarked particularly on the performance of teenage left back Sam Muir, who put in an excellent display in only his fourth senior game.

And in further good news, Stevie is confident that midfielder Joe McKee will be fit for next Saturday’s game against Airdrieonians despite going off injured.

He said: “It was thoroughly deserved. The two halves were different – in the first, we dominated possession and created several chances, and put together some really good patterns of play.

“In the second – proper footballers manage a 2-0 lead at half time. I thought we were excellent with how we sat in and kept our shape.

“We spoke to Edin Lynch at half time as he was carrying a yellow card, and that was why we took Carlo Pignatiello off late in the game as well.

“All of these are things we are putting into our thinking and it’s all come together today, which is very pleasing.

“Sam wasn’t going to face a tougher opponent than David Goodwillie today, but he looked very comfortable on the ball. He stood up really well. I thought all of our back four, and our goalkeeper, were really good.

“Joe McKee is fine. We took him off as a precaution as the physio said it was a twinge. He’s on the treatment table now but we’re confident he’ll be OK.

“You saw his influence in the first half and I actually feared the worst when he went off.

“Next week’s game against Airdrie will not be easy despite their result today. There is no such thing as an easy game in this league.

“We will have to be at our best to get anything from the game and we won’t get carried away after one good game. If we’d lost today I wouldn’t have been too despondent.

“We’ll come in on Tuesday and work hard again.”

Andy Galloway

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