Dumbarton’s Tom Walsh is hoping his performance in Sons 1-1 draw with Dundee United can help him retain his starting spot.

The winger has started every game for Stevie Aitken’s side in the league, but has been subbed off often and was dropped last week against Welsh side Connah’s Quay Nomads in the Irn-Bru Cup tie.

But Walsh was a constant thorn in United full-back Lewis Toshney’s side, and helped provide the assist for David Smith’s goal, and he hopes he can continue to improve for Sons.

He said: “I’ve played in all the league games which I’m grateful for, but last week I was left out in the cup so I was desperate to get back in today and hopefully I’ve done enough to kick on and keep playing in all the games.

“Today I tried to stay higher and wider as a few times in the games before I’ve been frustrated and I’ve come in the pitch where it’s been more congested.

“So I tried to stay high and wide and be as positive as I can, and get at the full-back as much as I can.

“He [Aitken] told me to be positive, every time you get it run at the full-back, and that’s what I did and I thought in the first half especially the whole team was brilliant.”

And while he was disappointed his side were unable to hold out against United, Walsh said few sides would leave Tannadice with something to show for it this season.

He added: “It’s one of those before the game you’d probably take it, but as the game goes on and you’ve got it in your hands to lose it then.

“But it’s a great point, not many teams will come here and get a result like that and I thought we played really well, the first half especially.”

Sons host Brechin City this week, the fellow part-timers are one of three teams, along with Dumbarton and Falkirk who have yet to pick up a win in their opening four games.

And despite it being early in the season, Walsh said these ties, especially the home games, will prove crucial come the end of the season.

He said: “Next week’s one is massive, especially at home we’ve got to win these games, and hopefully we’ll get the three points.”