‘Astonished’ to hear of booing

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ARBROATH manager Paul Sheerin hopes his side doesn’t become a victim of its own success after two consecutive 2-2 draws despite taking the lead in both games.

The Lichties are unbeaten at home all season but the matches against Airdrie United and East Fife at Gayfield, both of which ended level, have now seen Cowdenbeath create a four point gap at the top of the table.

And even though the Maroons remain second in Division Two, the expectation level placed upon the team has increased and the boss says he understands everybody’s frustrations.

He told HeraldSport: “After Saturday I was told there were some boos coming from the crowd which I find astonishing and the expectation might mean we are becoming a victim of our own success.

“But I can understand how people are frustrated because there is nobody more frustrated than me and SP (Stewart Petrie).

“What makes it worse is because in both of these games we have got ourselves on the front and then been brought back which is more of a blow.

“But we are really trying hard to rectify this and hopefully we will have picked ourselves up ready for tomorrow and get back to winning ways again.

“There is still a lot of football to be played and Cowdenbeath are in the driving seat at the top so it is out of our hands now.

“So all we can do is try and win all of our games then see how things stand.”

Tomorrow’s visitors to Gayfield are Dumbarton who are still within a shot of the title sitting in third place.

The Sons are fresh from a defeat at the hands of Cowdenbeath on Tuesday night but Mr Sheerin says they are still a team to fear.

He said: “They have been on an excellent run lately. I watched them against Cowdenbeath and they had some good spells before half-time and could have nicked a goal.

“We have certainly played out some high scoring games with them and they will want to have one last push for the title too.”

Craig Wedderburn will be unavailable for the clash through suspension as will Jordan Elfverson, who is injured.

A last minute decision will also have to be made on Stuart Malcolm who the boss described as 50-50.

The starting line-up has seen quite a number of changes in recent weeks and the manager puts this down to the crammed fixture schedule.

He added: “February has been a demanding month, especially when suspensions and injuries start to kick in and changes need to be made.

“But hopefully now we are back to playing once a week on a Saturday we will have a more solid squad for the rest of the run in.”

Despite the end of the season being two months away, the Lichties have already found themselves within the silverware with Steven Doris being named Second Division Player of the Month for February.

The 23-year-old has already grabbed 16 goals this campaign including a memorable hat-trick against Forfar last month.

And Mr Sheerin was quick to praise the man he described as his number one striker.

He said: “No doubt Doris deserves this not just for the month but for the season as he has had a great campaign.

“You would say he is number one striker behind Swankie and Samuel and he has done an excellent job.

“He was unfortunate to suffer with injury when he was younger and now he has a full pre-season he is certainly reaping the benefits.”

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