Monday 18th April 2016

DUMBARTON manager Stevie remains positive about Sons’ next three big games after one victory and one defeat against strong opponents over the past week.

Commenting on Saturday’s 3-2 loss to Raith Rovers, he said: “We put in a really good first half performance, continuing where we left off against Queen of the South

“But we didn’t start the second half well. We gave away cheap possession three of four times, which was frustrating as we had gone in with a lead.

“So we’re disappointed at the goals we lost. It’s been a tough week. But we’ve won one and lost one – and the important thing is that we are still in a strong position.

Asked about tiredness, the gaffer said that he and the players were not looking to make that an excuse, although the key games are coming thick and fast.

“We shot ourselves in the foot today. We never got going in the second half and Raith are a very good side, as they showed. There’s a reason they’re sitting fourth in the league.”

However, the boss stressed that all the focus is now on the St Mirren game and on getting the points Dumbarton need to secure their place in a highly competitive Ladbrokes SPFL Championship for another season.

Sons remain five points ahead of Livingston, who remain in the relegation play-off place after this weekend’s results. There are three games to go.

Simon Barrow

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