Jim Duffy singled out Isaac Layne for individual praise after the striker bagged a double and set up another in Dumbarton’s 3-1 win over Stranraer at the C&G Systems Stadium on Saturday.

Sons had to battle back from a goal down against the Blues with the English hitman netting his second and third goals in two games alongside a strike from Reghan Tumilty.

Layne also provided the assist in setting up Tumilty’s goal and the Dumbarton boss was pleased to see an extra side to the 24-year-old’s game.

He said: “Isaac was excellent and his link up play was terrific. He’s scored two goals and had a hand in the other one, so I’m absolutely delighted for him.

“It’s something he’s not overly renowned for when he’s sniffing around the six-yard line and we’ve tried to say to him to just link up the play and get in the box.

“He’s been out for a year and it sometimes takes a while to find your feet so, hopefully, he’s still got a bit to come and if he does, he’ll be a very important player for us.”

Tumilty was a late addition to the Sons squad after signing just hours before kick-off on loan from Morton.

And while Duffy was delighted with his impact, he admitted that he won’t be expecting a goal from the right-back every week as he looked ahead to Saturday’s trip to Montrose.

He added: “I wasn’t looking for him to score goals, I was just looking for width and a little bit of experience.

“He’s only 22 but he’s got a lot of games in the Championship under his belt. When you get an opportunity to bring in good players then that’s part of your job, to strengthen the team.

“I think he had a very good debut and it was capped with a terrific goal. That’s a bit of a bonus and I don’t expect that every week.

“The attitude of the players just now is terrific and when you win football matches you always look forward to the next one a wee bit more.”