Saturday 30th April 2016

DUMBARTON boss Stevie Aitken has praised his players for the fantastic effort they have put in this season, and hopes to end on a positive away to Alloa Athletic this weekend.

Commenting after Tuesday night’s game against Hibernian at Easter Road, the gaffer said: “Our goal was to stay up in the Championship side and we did that. It’s an incredible achievement for a part time side.

“So in that sense it’s not about tonight… although we are always disappointed when we lose.

“It’s taken a lot from us emotionally, and in our legs. As for Hibs, they still have a lot to play for this season. I was worried when they started so strong, but then we began to contain them.”

After pegging things to one goal behind, Sons eventually went down 4-0 to a high quality Hibs side eager to gain maximum points in their Premiership squad.

Both Aitken and Hibernian boss Alan Stubbs were critical of comments made by Falkirk manager before the match at Easter Road, but the Bairns’ Peter Houston said that no disrespect was intended to either side – who both put a good deal of effort in from start to finish at Easter Road.

Now the focus is all on the Alloa game tomorrow. The Wasps, led in the dugout by former Sons’ assistant manager Jack Ross, are already down and looking to keep pride in their last Championship game.

Meanwhile, Dumbarton are already preparing for another term in the second tier of Scottish professional football, and will want to make the game a celebration of their magnificent achievements.

The party mood will continue in the evening, with the traditional end-of-season awards bash at the Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium.

Simon Barrow

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