Final push needed from Arbroath

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ARBROATH striker Gavin Swankie believes the Lichties are still in with a chance of winning the league if they can get back on track this weekend.

Following their 3-2 defeat at the hands of Brechin on Saturday the Maroons’ title drive may have taken a hit, but it’s not come off the rails yet.

Gavin is under no illusions the road ahead will be tough. He said: “All we can do is try and win the five games we have left.

“It will be difficult to win five games in a row. But I think we have a squad that can do it. We are a decent team and you can see that. We’re not in second place for nothing.”

Saturday will be a crucial clash for the Lichties, Gavin said: “We need to get these three points. After that it’s down to just four games to go and we’ll need to get out and win all our games.”

HeraldSport asked Gavin if he or the rest of the players were feeling the pressure as the final stages of their campaign loomed.

He said: “We don’t really think about it. We’ve just come up from the Third Division and look at where we are just now.

“If anything Cowdenbeath will be the ones feeling the pressure now.”

In fact, the hitman takes the positive view that being second in the league was the furthest thing from their minds when the season began back in August.

He commented: “I think if you’d asked us at the beginning of the season about being in second place we’d have bitten your hand off for it.”

Looking beyond tomorrow (Saturday) Gavin was able to pick out potential obstacles. He said: “Every game is tricky, and we have Stirling Albion away for the last game.

“That’s always a tricky place to go and win. Look at Cowdenbeath. They went there last weekend and got beaten.”

All the Arbroath players can do now is stay motivated and go out and play. Gavin concluded: “We do that every week anyway.

“I think following the circumstances of last weekend, this is a must win game for us. We’re looking forward to getting those three points.

“We need to win. Basically that’ll be it pretty much over if we don’t.”