THE message of positivity is spreading through the Loch Park dressing room.

Glenafton gaffer Craig McEwan says he has changed the culture at the club and the message of positive mental attitude is serving his side well.

The Glens dumped Dundee Violet out of the Scottish Cup on Saturday to progress to the fourth round.

McEwan insists that positivity has lead to his sides impressive campaign thus far.

The New Cumnock side are currently lying second in the Super Premier Division and still in the Scottish Cup as the Loch Park boss eyes silverware.

Speaking after his sides weekend win on the road, McEwan said: "We had to be patient. Most would have had us down as favourites for this game and many big teams have gone out of the cup to lesser teams in games like this so we just had to be professional. It was just about being in the next round.

"The game was actually made a bit harder when they got a man sent off early on. They sat ten or fifteen feet deeper and that made them tough to break down."

The Glens boss is now keen to get a series of fixtures under his belt before the winter break as his sides look to push for the league title. But the Glens boss is happy for people to keep overlooking his side. He added: "I'm very happy. The longer people keep missing us out the better."

McEwan is hopefully the new club ethos will see his troops mount a serious title challenge. He said: "We have introduced a new culture to the dressing room. You won't hear me bawling and shouting and swearing at the players. I'll never have a go at my players for trying something that doesn't work.

"It's all about positivity and belief and players won't get them if I'm going off my head. It's all about encouragement."

McEwan is now hoping his side can have a tilt at the Scottish Cup. McEwan starred in Glens losing cup final effort in 2014. He recalled: "We had a bit of luck that year and you need that luck at times. We are probably due some luck ourselves and I believe that a team is going to take an absolute doing off of us."

The victory in Dundee came just a week after McEwan and club physio Michelle McInnes battled to save a man's life pitchside at Craigmark last Saturday, The elderly man unfortunately passed away.

McEwan said: "It was absolutely horrible and I can't imagine what his family must be going through. It's so sad. It really puts football in to perspective.

"It just brought it all home to me, life is too short. You just have to try and get on with things."

McEwan's side are in league action this weekend when they travel to take on Troon with a 1.45pm kick off.