“It feels like a defeat” – Stevie Aitken disappointed with Dunfermline draw

Sons boss Stevie Aitken was disappointed with Saturday’s draw against Dunfermline after Nicky Clark salvaged a late point for the Pars.

The Dumbarton gaffer felt his side deserved to win the SPFL Ladbrokes Championship encounter at East End Park.

“I think we were competitive throughout, strong, while also playing some nice stuff. We had a lot of chances and over the piece, I think we probably created more chances than Dunfermline,” explains Aitken to the press post-match.

“If we were offered a point before the game, we would have taken a draw coming here. Due to the manner of things, however, it feels like a defeat. This shows how far we have came in such a short space of time that we are disappointed getting a draw against Dunfermline.”

Speaking of Dimitris Froxylias and his immediate impact off the substitutes bench, the former Stranraer manager commented:

“He has got the ability to do that [score top quality goals]. He does it all the time in training, weekly. He has done it in matches so far, too. He is just back from injury and it is probably a strike worthy to win any game, so we are just disappointed with the goal we lost. We cleared our lines after the goalkeeper made a good save but we didn’t clear the box. When you play against teams with good players, they punish you and that is what happened.”

Aitken is looking up the table after climbing up to 7th, with Queen of the South on the horizon this mid-week.

“We are above [Falkirk and] Inverness too. We have a game in hand and we are competing really well. A lot of people say that because we are part-time, we will be down the bottom of the league and I get that – I respect why a lot of people would say this. I think we have shown today that we can play. We have a lot of good players.

Kyle Hutton, for example, was outstanding: I don’t think he should be playing at this level of football, but, he has came in to us and wants to try improve and we will try help him to do that along the way.”

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