A win needed more than ever

Colin Hamilton and the boss Paul Sheerin in action against East Fife on Thursday.
Colin Hamilton and the boss Paul Sheerin in action against East Fife on Thursday.

A winless streak lasting 11 games and stretching back to October 12 has left Arbroath on the edge of a relegation battle.

And boss Paul Sheerin knows that his side must start winning or they risk becoming detached at the wrong end of the table.

Yet another defeat, this time by a single goal to East Fife on Thursday, means the Lichties are now in ninth place, five points behind rivals Brechin City and only two ahead of bottom club Airdrieonians.

Tomorrow (Saturday), the Gayfield men will welcome Angus rivals City in a home derby clash.

And the boss says it doesn’t matter who they will be facing, three points is a must.

He told HeraldSport: “Regardless of the fact that it is a derby it has got to the stage where it doesn’t matter who we play anymore, we need to win as soon as possible.

“You try to shield the players from too much pressure when you go on a spell like we have been.

“It is not a nice position to be in and if I’m under pressure I can’t complain but the board have been OK and we are both just keen to bring in some new players as soon as possible.

“I know I sound more and more repetitive but we have to start winning games because we don’t want to get isolated down there and make our position more precarious.”

Tomorrow’s opponents have already tasted defeat at Gayfield earlier in the season but knocked the Lichties out of the Scottish Cup at Glebe Park in November.

But Ray McKinnon’s side come into tomorrow’s clash on the back of a 5-1 home drubbing from Forfar Athletic.

The boss said: “We have to take encouragement from the fact that we picked up three points against them earlier in the season but they will be hurting after last week’s result and they will be like us, desperate to get the points.

“Steven Doris will be out as he is still struggling with a stomach strain but Ricky Little should come back into contention.

“It will be great to have Ricky back, but it might be a bit too early for him to start.”

Meanwhile as well as preparing for this weekend’s derby, Mr Sheerin is still trying to do business in the transfer market, having previously said the squad is looking threadbare.

However, he admits he has nothing to report on the signing front as yet.

He explained: “There is nothing doing yet but we are trying all of the time.

“Maybe we are setting our sights too high on who we want to sign.

“ But we are still very hopeful of bringing in who we want but we want to make sure we are bringing in the right types of players.”