Saturday 30th July 2022

MANAGER Stevie Farrell insisted that nobody was getting carried away after Dumbarton’s positive start to the league season with today’s 2-0 win over Stirling Albion.

The Sons gaffer hailed his team’s defensive resilience after the Binos stepped things up in the second half.

That was after an outstanding start by Dumbarton which saw Declan Byrne score the game’s only two goals in the opening five minutes.

The manager said: “We are not getting carried away, but we saw the progress during pre-season. We have tried to be a bit more solid and we were today.

“Sometimes you have to be patient in your shape. We did not look wide open at any point in the game, so that is good defensively.

“I thought we were very good in terms of aggression in the box in the second half, because you have to play a different type of game.

“Every team will have a period in the game where they are pressing, and we dealt with Stirling well.

“Upfront, you could see Declan getting sharper. He showed last week that he is a good finisher and he was in the right area for the second goal.

“If you watch him, he is a natural number nine. He just has the right instinct and is somebody who is used to being in the opposition box.

“Other players got in touch with him very quickly during the first half. In the second half that was going to drop off.”

Stevie also gave an update on Aron Lynas after the right back was the victim of a challenge which saw Stirling’s Cameron Clark sent off.

He said: “Aron is fine – he is a warrior.

“He is a tough lad and is walking about in the dressing room. There is no concussion, so he will be available for next week.”

Dumbarton Football Club

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