Dumbarton manager Jim Duffy praised his side’s game management as they eased into the fourth round of the Scottish Cup with a fine 3-1 home win over Forfar Athletic on Saturday.

Sons took control with two goals in the final 20 minutes as they booked their spot in the next round where they will meet Premiership side Aberdeen at Pittodrie.

It wasn’t a classic at the Rock but Duffy was just happy to see Dumbarton progress in a game he believes his side deserved to win.

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He said: “With Forfar being in the same league and having a new manager, it’s always going to be difficult but I felt we deserved to win the tie.

“I thought we managed the game well because obviously Forfar had to chase the game otherwise they’d be out the cup.

“Cup ties are about being in the next round - over the years there’s been times where you’ve played very well and got knocked out and other times you scrape through.

“Today, I don’t think it was either of those, I think we deserved to win but it was a close game.”

Sons second goal came from the head of Ryan McGeever, as it has done four times this season, although the provider was not the usual suspect.

Joe McKee is on double figures for his assists this season, two of which have been from corners that McGeever has powered home.

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But with the former Morton man missing on Saturday due illness and injury, Stefan McCluskey took the role of set-piece taker and Duffy was delighted to see someone else take responsibility.

He added: “Stef’s got good delivery. If you’ve got other players who can step up then that’s good.

“Ryan had a header in the first-half that was similar but he didn’t quite connect with it and it went by the post.

“In the second-half he’s again proved very important for us in set pieces so hopefully there’s more to come.”

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