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    Paul Hartley previews Dumbarton game 

    Monday, January 27, 2014 5:53:55 PM

    Today I would like to extend a warm welcome to Ian Murray and Jack Ross, the players, supporters and directors of Dumbarton FC as they visit Recreation Park for the second time this season.

    We will be looking to bounce back after a disappointing result at Dumfries last Saturday, the difference in the game was that they took their chances and we didn’t, they got the opening goal which changed the game after we had started so brightly and created two good opportunities to score. We are currently going through a sticky patch, but that was always going to happen, as we cannot be at the top of our game every week. The players, in terms of their effort and attitude it has been first class, but we must look to bounce back. Dumbarton are going well, they have won three of their last four games, so we will be looking for the players to take on board what they didn’t do last week and try and get back to winning ways. Last week we didn’t defend well and we allowed too many crosses into our box, but we created chances and will look to convert some of these today. No team has any divine right to win any game, it has to be earned, today’s game will be equally difficult as has been said before, there are no easy games in this division. However I am sure my players will be focused today, they will be hurting and looking to do well and get on with the game.

    It was pleasing for Ross Caldwell to score on his debut at Palmerston, having come on as substitute in the second half, I thought he did well, he looked a threat and I’m sure he will do well for us in his period on loan from Hibernian until the end of the season. I will continue to look to add to the squad in the January transfer window, but will only add quality which I hope would improve the squad and create more competition.

    There will be set backs at times this season, but it is how the players respond which is important. The players have been brilliant, they have a real toughness about them and I know what I get from them, we have a real mental strength, we work hard for each other, being positive when we can and try to play football at all times, enjoy today’s game.

    Paul Hartley

    Managers Corner