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Scottish Championship: Dumbarton 0-0 Raith Rovers

Dumbarton midfielder Ryan Stevenson
Ryan Stevenson was the Sons' star man

Dumbarton battled their way to a precious point in their battle against relegation in a goals drought at the Rock against Raith Rovers.

Rovers, chasing a play-off spot, will see this as a chance lost.

But they found the home side in fighting spirit and capable of producing some good football on a greasy surface.

In fact, it could have been worse for the Kirkcaldy side as Robert Thomson missed some chance in the first half.

A long kick out from his goalie, Alan Martin, was miss-timed by Jean-Yves M'Voto, the Rovers centre half, and Thomson was clean through one-on-one with the goalkeeper.

But somehow, having all but rounded him, he allowed Kevin Cuthbert to get a flailing hand on the ball to touch it round the post.

Ryan Stevenson was the pick of a gathering of former Hearts players on view alongside his Sons' team-mate, Darren Barr, and opponents Kevin McHattie and Rudi Skacel - to say nothing of Rovers manager Gary Locke.

He controlled things with great style in the middle of the park and engineered a performance that brought the point - and a series of second-half opportunities none of which his team-mates could convert.

Dumbarton were, however, actually worth more than the draw.

Match reaction

Dumbarton manager Steven Aitken: "We were the better team and we should have won it.

"At the start of the season, we were written off as the whipping boys and that was hurtful.

"But we have good players here. Ryan Stevenson showed why we worked so hard to get him."

Raith Rovers manager Gary Locke: "I thought a draw was a fair result. Both teams had chances and Dumbarton will be hard to beat for most teams here.

"The quality of the football was good on a difficult surface."

Line-ups

Dumbarton

  • 27Martin
  • 17Smith
  • 5Buchanan
  • 14Barr
  • 12Harvie
  • 3Docherty
  • 7Todd
  • 6Stevenson
  • 11Stanton
  • 15McCallumSubstituted forStirlingat 84'minutes
  • 10ThomsonSubstituted forFlemingat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Pettigrew
  • 9Fleming
  • 16Lyden
  • 19Ewings
  • 22Stirling

Raith Rovers

  • 1Cuthbert
  • 14Davidson
  • 5Mvoto
  • 6Benedictus
  • 3McHattie
  • 12Matthews
  • 21ThompsonSubstituted forRobertsat 65'minutes
  • 4Callachan
  • 7JohnstonSubstituted forCoustrainat 72'minutes
  • 9StewartSubstituted forVaughanat 88'minutes
  • 20McManus

Substitutes

  • 10Vaughan
  • 15Osei-Opoku
  • 16Coustrain
  • 17Lennox
  • 18Roberts
  • 19Skacel
  • 24Crawford
Referee:
Alan Muir
Attendance:
600

Match Stats

Home TeamDumbartonAway TeamRaith Rovers
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home18
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home10
Away6
Fouls
Home10
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Dumbarton 0, Raith Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Dumbarton 0, Raith Rovers 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Lewis Vaughan replaces Mark Stewart.

Joel Coustrain (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mark Docherty (Dumbarton).

Kevin McHattie (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Josh Todd (Dumbarton).

Substitution

Substitution, Dumbarton. Andy Stirling replaces Donald McCallum.

Ross Callachan (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Darren Barr (Dumbarton).

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Mark Docherty.

Attempt blocked. Kevin McHattie (Raith Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Iain Davidson (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ryan Stevenson (Dumbarton).

Attempt missed. Samuel Stanton (Dumbarton) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Dumbarton. Garry Fleming replaces Robert Thomson.

Foul by Kevin McHattie (Raith Rovers).

Ryan Stevenson (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Raith Rovers. Conceded by Darren Barr.

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Joel Coustrain replaces Chris Johnston.

Attempt missed. Samuel Stanton (Dumbarton) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner.

Corner, Dumbarton. Conceded by Kevin McHattie.

Attempt blocked. Donald McCallum (Dumbarton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Donald McCallum (Dumbarton) right footed shot from very close range is too high.

Corner, Dumbarton. Conceded by Kevin McHattie.

Attempt blocked. Ryan Stevenson (Dumbarton) right footed shot from more than 40 yards on the left wing is blocked.

Attempt saved. Robert Thomson (Dumbarton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Dumbarton. Conceded by Kyle Benedictus.

Substitution

Substitution, Raith Rovers. Scott Roberts replaces Jordan Thompson.

Attempt saved. Darren Barr (Dumbarton) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Corner, Dumbarton. Conceded by Kevin Cuthbert.

Attempt saved. Donald McCallum (Dumbarton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Declan McManus (Raith Rovers).

Mark Docherty (Dumbarton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Declan McManus (Raith Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Declan McManus (Raith Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mark Docherty (Dumbarton).

Foul by Chris Johnston (Raith Rovers).

David Smith (Dumbarton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Robert Thomson (Dumbarton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hibernian149412671931
2Dundee Utd1484223121128
3Morton146532115623
4Raith Rovers136431813522
5Falkirk146441815322
6Queen of Sth135351519-418
7Ayr134271120-914
8Dunfermline143381624-812
9Dumbarton142571220-811
10St Mirren130491025-154
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