Dumbarton Football Club - Sons of the Rock 1872

DRAW THE LEAST SONS DESERVED - GAFFER

Saturday 25th September 2021

MANAGER Stevie Farrell felt that the draw against Alloa Athletic, secured by a late equaliser, was the least that his Dumbarton team deserved.

A "pedestrian" first half, which saw Sons go a goal behind, made way for a frustrating second which saw many chances created, but none converted.

That was until Pat Boyle headed the equaliser 10 minutes from full time, with the score remaining 1-1 through to full time.

Stevie said: "It was the least we deserved. We made a mistake for the goal but our goalkeeper had one other save to make in the game.

"We are always confident we will create chances like we did on the front foot. I thought there was nothing in the game first half and we were too pedestrian, and needed to be higher up the pitch quicker.

"In the second half our intensity was better, we moved up the pitch quicker and we have players who will hurt teams in forward areas.

"I don't think anybody could have argued with a 2-1 or 3-1 scoreline in our favour. We knew we had to show a bit when we went in at half time a goal down.

"We weren't settling for a point after getting the equaliser. We felt we could have gone on and got another goal to win the game.

"Ross MacLean is beating himself up in the dressing room because he missed a couple of chances but he gives defenders real issues and put in another great performance when he came on."

With Queen's Park not playing until Sunday of next weekend, Dumbarton could theoretically return home from Peterhead at the top of League One next Saturday.

But the manager is keeping his feet firmly on the ground, and wants his players to do likewise.

He added: "I would rather be top of the league in May, and I've said that to the players. Just as I've never known a game to be won after 45 minutes, I've not known any season to be decided in September. We can't become complacent.

"We will come in this week and work hard against a Peterhead side who Queen's Park only just saw off today.

"I know Jim McInally well, I know his teams well and we know we are in for a difficult afternoon.

"It is such a tight league and the teams are so evenly matched. You cannot rest on your laurels; if you do that you will be in trouble.

"There are five points separating eight teams, but we are right in the mix at the right end of the table."

Andy Galloway