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Morton 2-0 Dumbarton

SPFL Tier 2, Cappielow Park, 13/2/16.

Well that’s the clean sheet run gone then. And we haven’t got into the habit of scoring….

Unfortunately below us Livi picked up a point and Alloa are showing disturbing signs of coming to life.

The game at St Mirren Park next Saturday has just grown in importance.

Dumbarton 0-0 Dundee

Scottish Cup Fifth Round, The Rock, 6/2/16.

Well it’s another clean sheet and we’re in the hat for the quarter final draw. Plus there ought to be a good portion of gate money for the club from the replay.

Dens Park isn’t far away from Son of the Rock acres so I’ll doubtless be attending.

Unfortunately St Mirren won today so we dropped a place in the league.

I just hope the Cup doesn’t distract us and detract from our league prospects. Two big away games against teams just above us are coming up.

Dumbarton 1-0 Livingston

SPFL Tier 2, The Rock, 30/1/16

Three welcome points, another clean sheet, this moves us two wins ahead of ninth (and with a game in hand) plus it kept us above St Mirren. A good day’s work.

Has Livi’s manager resigned yet?

Raith Rovers 0-0 Dumbarton

SPFL Tier 2, Stark’s Park, 23/1/16.

A good well-worked point. We deserved the clean sheet for the quality of our defending. The closing down was tremendous, the covering impressive and the blocking committed. We weren’t greatly troubled – usually only when we had given the ball away too near our goal. Jamie Ewings – in goal for the indisposed Mark Brown – had a great save with his feet when he was on the move the other way in the first half and had to fist a driven free-kick away in the second half but otherwise hadn’t a direct shot to save. I suppose there was the Raith effort that seemed to clip the bar* – but that wasn’t on target was it?

We had one cleared off the line after an inventive corner – an inventive corner? Where did that come from? – taken by debutant loanee Tom Walsh who looked okay but was a little too conservative in his decision making. Also notable was the shocking profusion of movement at throw-ins. So un-Sons-like but good to see.

We have an appalling lack of creativity going forward though. Garry Fleming couldn’t hold the ball up at all; which doesn’t help.

As Onebrow reamrked to me just into the second half these two could play all day and not score. That sort of comment is usually a cue for a deluge of goals (against.) Thankfully not on the day.

I was pleased with the point.

*Edited to add: From the highlights it actually hit the post that holds up the net supports.

Dundee or Falkirk

The fruit of our Cup win against Queen of the South is one of the two above, who have still to settle their tie.

On paper either of them should beat us. But it’s a home game which may count a bit in our favour.

To be played on the first weekend in February.

Dumbarton 2-1 Queen of the South

Scottish Cup Fourth Round, The Rock, 9/1/16.

Well. Here’s a rarity.

These are the first goals we’ve ever scored against Queen of the South at the Rock. Very welcome indeed.

And another round of the Cup to look forward to.

I just hope we can repeat the feat next week. I think I’d rather have the three points.

Dumbarton 0-6 Rangers

SPFL Tier 2, The Rock, 2/1/16.

Beyond “this is an embarrassment” words fail me.

Except….

Are we the only club in this division not to take any points off this mob since they climbed up into it?

Double embarrassment.

Falkirk 1-0 Dumbarton

SPFL Tier 2, Falkirk Stadium, 26/12/15

I might have taken this before the start. They’ve been on a good run after all.

But it was the manner of the goal that was disappointing. Yes, it might have been a foul but the guy took two further steps before he decided to fall over. He could easily have stayed on his feet. Nevertheless we ought to have coped. But we switched off and gave the scorer time to hit it (which he did, beautifully.)

Up till then they hadn’t had a shot on goal. I don’t recall much else in that way from them first half either.

Just before half time Jordan Kirkpatrick’s first time volley looked in all the way from where we were sitting but it crept just over.

Very early in the second half only a magnificent block by Frazer Wright stopped them going two in front. We were well placed to see throughout the second half what a good defender he is. Otherwise Mark Brown had a great save with his foot from an almost point blank header and that was it.

Falkirk played the ball about well enough but they never really cut us apart. It would have been interesting to see how they would have dealt with things if they hadn’t been a goal up as they started to look jittery at the back as the game progressed especially when Donald McCallum came on. By the end of the game we were the team on top (without ever testing their keeper.) Neraest fo us in the second half was another Jordan Kirkpatrick effort.

In the end I came away from the game feeling frustrated we hadn’t got a point out of it.

I’ve still to see us win this season1 and have only witnessed two draws (in the Cup games) which both ended in defeat; on pens and in extra time respectively.

Maybe I should stay away.

Anyway: here’s some beardy bloke at the game getting into the Christmas spirit with a “Bah Humbug” hat.

Bah Humbug

1Edited to add. I’ve just remembered I was at the 1-0 win against Livingston on October 3rd.

Serial Manager Slayers!

So, Livingston have sacked manager Mark Burchill.

That’s three opponents in a row whose managers Sons have seen off.

First Alloa, then St Mirren and now Livingston.

Can we dare hope to polish off the next two as well? Falkirk’s Peter Houston and Rangers’s Mark Warburton?

No; me neither.

Well, maybe Warburton.

Livingston 1-1 Dumbarton

SPFL Tier 2, Almondvale Stadium,* 19/12/15.

It was important not to lose this to keep the differential between us and themn at two wins especially since St Mirren were all but guaranteed a win at Alloa so I was disappointed to hear we’d gone one down early on.

Contrariwise (now there’s a good word) I was delighted when I heard the final score. Is it my imagination or are we scoring quite a few late goals this season?

Looks like it may be a difficult day at Falkirk on the 26th though….

*Call it the Tony Macaroni Arena if you wish

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