Dumbarton captain Stuart Carswell has targeted a late push for the play-offs after his last-minute strike stunned league leaders Raith Rovers on Saturday.

The skipper drilled the ball through a crowded penalty box following Ross Forbes’ corner, with the shot beating goalkeeper Robbie Thomson via a deflection to spark jubilant scenes at the C&G Systems Stadium.

It was Sons' second 1-0 victory on the bounce after last Tuesday’s win over Clyde as Jim Duffy’s side edged further away from the relegation play-off spot – currently occupied by Forfar Athletic who are set to visit The Rock this evening.

A win would pull Dumbarton 14 points ahead of The Loons, and seven behind East Fife in fourth place as Carsy hopes he and his teammates can build on two promising results in a row.

“Every game is important for us. We don’t change the way we play," he told Reporter Sport.

“The gaffer sets us up in a style and in every game we go out there and try and win, no matter if it’s the league leaders or Stranraer at the bottom.

“Every game is tough in this league and everyone is beatable. The top three got beat on Saturday which shows everybody can beat everybody.

“With our squad, we’ve never really looked at the bottom.

“We see ourselves trying to get play-offs and that’s our main aim.

“We’ve got to kick on from here now as that’s two wins in a row.

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“We had a wee bad run there so hopefully we can get another good run and get up the table.

“Forfar is no different from Raith. Every game is hard and even though they are down the bottom it’s not going to be any easier. It’s a game we’ve got to look to win again and it is a winnable game.”

Saturday’s game was played in driving wind and rain, with the ball stopping dead on the heavy pitch in the dying stages - slice of luck that allowed Carswell to run onto it.

On another day the ball may have bounced up, but the midfielder believes the late winner was what Dumbarton deserved.

He added: “It broke to the edge of the box and we got the goal I think we deserved.

“As long as it’s on target and you make contact, you’ve always got a chance.

“Conditions weren’t great but it was a battle and we came out on top of the battle.

“It’s the same conditions for both teams and you switch sides at half-time, so there’s no excuses for anybody.

“The keepers were kicking the ball past the half-way line for both sides - we’ve played games before where the keepers can’t get it out their own half.

“You’ve got to get on with it. You can’t make excuses. It's just who adapts to the conditions better.

“We got a wee bit lucky with the last minute goal but these things have been going against us lately and its about time we got a wee bit of luck.”

Dumbarton v Forfar kicks-off tonight at 7.45pm.

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