Arbroath boss Dick Campbell was delighted to see his side go four points clear at the top of the Championship last night after beating nearest challengers Kilmarnock – and insisted “nobody would deny” his side the win.

Jack Hamilton’s strike leaves the part-timers in the driving seat to win the title and secure an unlikely promotion to the Premiership.

After Hamilton’s second-half goal, Campbell believes the result will silence some of the doubters who expected his side to fall away due to their part-time status.

“It wasn’t a goal worthy of winning a game like that,” he said. “But it doesn’t matter in a game of football. There’s been a lot of things said about Arbroath.

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“We’re four points clear now.

Part-timers Arbroath Football Club Nearing Promotion To The Scottish Premiership
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“Nobody would deny us the right to win this game tonight. Even with 10 men. We defended resolutely in the last 10 minutes when Kilmarnock came at us.

“I was delighted with the attitude of our players. Look where that takes us, it takes us four points clear.”

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