Pivotal time says Sheerin

Boss Paul Sheerin will have his game-face on this week.
Boss Paul Sheerin will have his game-face on this week.

It’s ALL about the silver lining this week for Arbroath boss Paul Sheerin after the postponement of Saturday’s game against Stenhousemuir.

Speaking to HeraldSport this week the gaffer wasn’t too disheartened following the referee’s decision on Saturday to cancel the game due to high winds.

He said: “It was disappointing, but the fact that it has been rearranged reasonably quickly, so that both games are within touching distance of each other, is good.

“I wasn’t even at the park when it was called off but I think Arbroath was pretty windswept. There’s nothing worse in football than playing in the wind. Rain and snow you can handle but when the wind gets involved it becomes a lottery.”

The other upside for the player/manager is injured Steven Doris’ return to the first team is more likely with an extra week of rest.

He said: “It’s been beneficial from that point of view as Steven got more time to recover. He was in training on Monday and he’ll be training tonight (Wednesday) so he should be in.”

Mr Sheerin will need his top goalscorer come Saturday as the Lichties go head to head with Angus rivals Forfar Athletic at Station Park.

He said: “They are always good games. It obviously gets the teams fired up to fight over the bragging rights around Angus.

“And with Forfar’s position in the league we’ll both by vying for that fourth play-off spot.

“We’re steady enough against them and I’d like to get a good result and hopefully we’ll get that on Saturday.

“We know the quality we are dealing with and we are well aware of that in the players who have been at our club so we’ll be slightly cautious but we will be looking for all three points.

“It’s a lot different playing away from home, but we need to get the points more than they do. We’ll definitely be looking to go there and take the three points.”

Although having three games in eight days might be a daunting prospect for most Second Division managers Mr Sheerin is determined to make the most of it.

He said: “It’s not really a concern to be honest. This time of the year you tend to get midweek games, so in terms of fitness levels the players should be OK, it’s just one of those things you have to deal with.

“We know what we have to do, if we can win and take the three points we’ll be sitting in fourth spot.

“This is probably a pivotal week in the season for us.”