Dumbarton manager Jim Duffy admits that his side had to dig in to take a point from East Fife on Saturday despite having a two-goal lead.

Ryan McGeever and Isaac Layne put Sons two up but the league leaders hit back late on which resulted in Duffy’s side holding on at the end to secure a vital point.

And while Duffy does feel a little frustrated at letting the lead slip, he admits it is a point he would have taken before the game.

He said: “It was a performance which was more about graft and workmanship to grind out a result.

“I didn’t think we played great and we just had to dig in.

“When you dig in and you get something from the game then I’m not too disappointed.

“Obviously there’s the fact that we were 2-0 up but I think we were a bit fortunate to be 2-0 up anyway - if you do get to that situation then you should be doing enough to see it out.

“But overall, I’m not too disappointed. I’m slightly frustrated, but if you go there and get a point then it’s not too bad.”

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It was the home side who were pushing forward as the game went on after fighting from two goals behind.

But that did allow chances for Sons on the break with a golden opportunity falling Matthew Shiels’ way in the closing stages.

Duffy believes that his team reacted well despite being pegged back and praised both teams for not settling for a point.

He added: “It was very open in the last five or six minutes.

“Matthew did brilliant to skip by two or three challenges and he just tried to open his body up and bend it.

“Both teams were trying to win the game so they both deserve credit.

“After the equaliser we were a bit shell-shocked but after that we calmed down a bit and played again - we had to roll our sleeves up and get on with it and we managed to do it.”

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