Manager Stevie Aitken was unhappy with how long it took his Dumbarton side to get going on Saturday against Queen of the South.

The Sons were second best for large parts of the first half, and eventually conceded just before the break in Dumfries.

But he was impressed with his side’s reaction after the break.

He said: “If there’s one criticism of the team today, we waited for something to happen in the game, rather than us trying to make something happen.

“I spoke to them at half-time, and it happened to us a few times last season. We wait for the other team to score and then we got a reaction.

“The second half was a lot better, we had a game on the Wednesday night as well, so that’s three games in a week, we started tiring a wee bit and getting sloppy so maybe that’s the reason for that.”

But the Sons boss said there was little to separate the sides in a closely fought contest.

He added: “I don’t think there was a lot in the game at all. We switched off for their goal, for the corner kick. We didn’t deal with that right which is disappointing.

“We had more of the ball and started putting them under pressure, it just didn’t fall for us in the box, the ball always seemed to fall to one of their players, it was a good Championship game, on another day we could have got something.”

The fitness of Craig Barr and Mark Stewart will also be assessed in the coming days ahead of their game against Dunfermline.

Barr was ruled out before kick-off after picking up a knock, and reports today say the former Raith forward has broken his elbow during the game against Queens.

The attacker fell awkwardly after 15 minutes, but played on for the rest of the game.