Sunday 10th March 2013

DUMBARTON manager Ian Murray was full of praise for his team despite being on the wrong end of a 3-0 scoreline at Firhill yesterday.

Title-chasing Partick Thistle inflicted what looks like a comprehensive defeat given the scoreline, but boss Murray was surprised at the outcome.

He said: “We actually played very well yesterday. It’s the best performance for a number of weeks and the score does not reflect the effort we put in.

“At half-time even at a goal down, we were well in the game having created enough chances of our own.

“The second goal scored by Thistle came at a time I was making changes in terms of substitions, so it was a real blow and unfortunate.

“I can’t criticise our players effort because they gave everything and kept going right up to the final whistle.”

Murray now takes his squad to New Douglas Park this Tuesday for a vital game in the dogfight to avoid the automatic and relegation play-off places.

A win would put Sons up to 8th and level on number of games played with Cowdenbeath.

Dumbarton hold the upper hand in games played this season so far against the Accies. A 3-3 draw in Septemer was followed up with a 3-1 victory in January with both matches played at the Bet Butler Stadium.

Kick-off on Tuesday evening is 7.30pm.

Alan Findlay

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