Stevie Aitken was full of praise his Dumbarton side's work-rate as they battled to a 2-2 draw  against Falkirk.

The Bairns opened the scoring with a fantastic volley from Luke Leahy, but Lewis Vaughan equalised with his own spectacular score for the Sons.

The visitors took the lead after 51 minutes through a sweetly struck shot from Andy Stirling, only for Nathan Austin to bring Peter Houston's side level after the hour.

And Aitken said a draw was a fair result for both teams, as his team extended their run to four game unbeaten.

He said: "We knew it was going to be tough, knew we had to battle but we had to show a bit of quality as well.

"We showed that twice – two great goals which would have been good enough to win any game of football, but we knew it was going to be tough and a draw coming here we’d take all day long if we’re being honest."

The tireless work from his players was something that impressed Aitken, in particular Christian Nade chasing back to win the ball for Stirling's goal.

He added: "A lot of people see Andy Stirling’s finish and rightly so but Christian put the boy [Craig Sibbald] under pressure, if Christian never showed that work-rate and desire we wouldn’t have got the ball.

"But I think the whole team showed a good work-rate and desire, they are shattered in there.

"Big questions were asked of them in the second-half and everyone to a man has stood up and been counted so I’m delighted."

Sons started slowly and were punished by Leahy's spectacular strike.

But it didn't take long for Dumbarton to equalise, with Vaughan firing his first goal for Dumbarton since joining on loan from Raith.

Vaughan came off late on after taking a slight knock, but Aitken the attacking midfielder was unlucky to be on the bench in recent weeks.

Aitken added: "We needed it [Vaughan's goal] then because I don’t think we started great.

"We came here and were waiting for something to happen to spur us into life, it was a terrific finish. Great goal, great take and that gave us a lift.

"I think so [he’s alright], it was just the one where he kicked the boy’s foot.

"Lewis has been terrific, he’s been unfortunate the game he missed out on was against Raith Rovers, obviously he couldn’t play in and Sam Stanton is doing great, and scored to geeat goals last week so he’s been patient."

Dumbarton have been in impressive form in recent weeks resulting in Aitken picking the same side in the last three games, and only dropping Stanton against Falkirk as the Hibs loanee had been ill during the week.

The former Stranraer manager said: "We’ve got a good squad of players, on the bench we have Sam Stanton, Ross McCrorie from Rangers, Calum Gallacher’s come in and Garry Fleming who’s ben out main striker for the last five-six seasons.

"But we’re going to need everybody for the run-in, it’s going to be tough but if we keep everybody fit it gives us a chance."

Dumbarton's next game is away to Dunfermline, kick-off is at 3pm on Saturday.