Jim Duffy says that he can start to see the confidence flowing throughout his Dumbarton side as they extended their unbeaten run to six with victory over league leaders Arbroath on Saturday.

Ross Forbes and Dom Thomas helped secure a 2-0 victory in a game that was played in monsoon-like conditions.

Duffy claims that he has seen the belief coming into his team for a number of weeks now, with the boss highlighting a 2-2 draw at the start of February against Airdrieonians as the catalyst.

He said: “In that [Airdrieonians] game, other than the first half-hour, I thought that we played pretty well and since then our performances have been pretty good.

“Obviously you need results to back it up, I understand that, but the last few results have been a lot better and, like anything in football, players start to believe.

“In recent weeks we’ve played three teams in the play-offs and we’ve done well against them.

“It shows that we are capable but we’ve got to put it together for a longer period.

“It was very difficult conditions on Saturday, for both sets of players, and the officials to be fair.

“The first sort of 75 minutes the weather wasn’t too bad but it certainly turned.

“From our point of view I thought we deserved the victory.

“We’re up against a side who are champions elect but I thought we defended really well and took our opportunities.”

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Elsewhere, Duffy hopes to complete the signing of defender Brian McLean this week, a player who he admits it would have been good to have on Saturday.

McLean, 33, has played in Scotland before with Hibs and Motherwell but international clearance is needed as his last outing was in the Brunei Premier League.

Duffy said: “We tried to get Brian in and with a last minute injury to Henk [van Schaik] it would have been ideal.

“He can’t get cleared yet but it’ll be good to have him on board.”