Dumbarton manager Stevie Farrell hailed a perfect home performance as his side ran out comfortable winners over Bonnyrigg Rose on Saturday.

A penalty from Tony Wallace and a Finlay Gray strike had Sons on their way in the first half before second-half goals from Michael Ruth and Matty Shiels secured a dominant three points.

Dumbarton remain in second position in cinch League Two but boast the best home form and Faz hopes his side can soon climb to the top of the table for real after dominating a number of stats across the league.

Speaking post-match, he said: “If we’re going to be successful, then your home form has got to be good and you’ve got to be a tough nut to crack.

“You’ve got to play on the front foot and make sure you are clinical at the top end of the pitch and all those things were there.

“I wasn’t happy with the way we started the game but after that ten-minute spell we settled and the penalty settles us down. We looked a good side after that.

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“They had a wee spell after half-time and we expected them to come at us so it was just about making sure our shape was right and we could play through it.

“It was a professional performance against a good side, they don’t take many 4-0 results so it's a good result.

“We showed the players some stats before the game and how we are top of the league in so many things – touches in the box, possession, shots on goal – so we’re going in the right direction and it’s a good three points but nobody is getting carried away and we need to keep working hard."

Despite scoring four goals, there was special praise from Faz for his defence with Shiels and Carlo Pignatiello impressing from full-back whilst Aron Lynas was also a stand-out at the centre of defence.

Brett Long made a crucial save with his face after just a few minutes with the score at 0-0 and Farrell joked that taking a sore one still didn’t keep his number one quiet.

He added: “With the way we play our full-backs are crucial to us, it’s the way we work in training and the way we build it up in wide areas with 2 v 1’s and the full-backs need to be high up the pitch to do that and we’ve got two of the better full-backs in the league that can do that.

“I’m delighted with the two of them and I thought Aron Lynas was very good at centre-back today as well.

“It’s not his natural position but we know he can play there and he’s as good as anyone in that position because he’s got an incredible leap.

“That’s what Brett is there for – I thought it would shut him up for a week because it was right in the dial but he’s already in the dressing room bouncing and talking so it didn’t work! It was an excellent save.

“We created problems for ourselves in the first ten minutes and suddenly with that save it gives them a lift and they get a few corners and you just never know so it was a crucial save at a crucial time, but apart from that he didn’t have much to do which is pleasing.”