Dumbarton manager Jim Duffy admits the goal his side conceded right on half-time against Clyde on Saturday was a kick in the teeth.

Goalkeeper Kevin Dabrowski kept Sons in the game in what was a below par first-half performance, with Chris Hamilton’s late strike making it 2-1 to give his side an unexpected route back into the game.

However, another Clyde goal in added time at the end of the opening 45 restored the two goal margin and meant Sons would have it all to do.

Duffy praised the Polish shotstopper for keeping Dumbarton in the game and recognised the efforts of his players in the second-half.

He told the Reporter: “Clyde dominated the first-half, there’s no doubt about that, and if it wasn’t for Kevin then the game would be well beyond us. He had two or three fantastic saves and it kept us with a chance in the game.

“The biggest annoyance is losing the third goal.

“The other goals, one is a refereeing decision which again I think is highly debatable to say the least and the other is a great strike, but the third goal right on half-time after getting back into the game was a kick in the teeth and that’s the frustrating thing.

“If we got to half-time 2-1 down, we’d have been thrilled to be honest after the performance.

“For the second-half we tweaked it a bit and credit to the players because they didn’t throw in the towel and really gave it a good go and showed a real desire to try and get something from the match. It was a lot better from my point of view in the second-half.”

Hearts loanee Hamilton, naturally a centre-back, was deployed on the right side of midfield and despite the unusual position, Duffy commended the attitude of the youngster.

He continued: “I spoke to him the other night at training and the one thing you like about the boy is that he’s got tremendous enthusiasm.

“We played him in midfield and he breaks forward, scores the goal and then we put him at right-back and again he was terrific.”