Action now or face the drop!

Paul Sheerin, in action against Forfar at Gayfield on Saturday.
Paul Sheerin, in action against Forfar at Gayfield on Saturday.

Arbroath manager Paul Sheerin is hoping a heart to heart between his players has made them realise the time has come to either do or die.

The Lichties are rooted to the bottom of League One and four points behind nearest rivals Airdrie after a home defeat to Forfar on Saturday followed by a disappointing 3-0 loss to Dunfermline on Tuesday night.

And after the midweek defeat, the boss criticised his player’s fighting spirit.

Tomorrow (Saturday) his side travel to Brechin before two home matches against nearest rivals East Fife and Airdrie.

And Mr Sheerin told HeraldSport they know its time to turn the tide.

He explained: “As a player relegation is not something I have experienced before and I don’t want to anytime soon.

“The players had a good heart to heart on Tuesday so hopefully it will have sunk in that the time is coming to either do or die.

“There is no getting away from our position and we are doing our utmost to get out of it.

“Nobody is enjoying it and it is not nice.

“But we now have to face up to our responsibilities and me as manager, I have to take full responsibility for the way this season has gone so far.

“But we now have to pick ourselves up and get ready to go again on Saturday.”

The Lichties now have 10 league games remaining and a possible 30 points to play for if they are to avoid the drop.

And the boss added: “We still have to play the teams that are beside us so it is vital we pick up points in them.

“As the weeks go by we seem to be running out of games but the other teams around us are still within our reach .

“That’s why we need to pick ourselves up.”

The manager should have a full squad to chose from for tomorrow’s clash with Brechin and he is hoping the players who picked up knocks on Tuesday will be fine for the match.

He added: “Brechin isn’t an easy place to go to and we haven’t had the greatest luck there.

“We know all the games from now on will be tough and there will be no easy ones for us.”

A few tickets are still available for Arbroath’s annual Sportsman’s Dinner.

The event will be held in the Meadowbank Inn on Saturday, March 21, at 7 p.m.

Impressionist Paul Reid, who is well known from his appearances on Soccer AM, and former referee Kenny Clark will provide the entertainment. The MC for the evening is Keith Haggart.

Tickets, priced at £40 each, can be obtained by contacting Julie Harper on 07864 195158.