arbroath manager Paul Sheerin says his side may be down but certainly not out of the promotion race as they gear up for the second leg of their play-off semi-final.
The Lichties suffered a disappointing 2-1 defeat away to Dumbarton on Wednesday evening with Stuart Malcolm netting the Maroons’ goal.
But with another game to play tomorrow (Saturday), Mr Sheerin is hoping a good home performance along with a large Gayfield crowd will spur his side on to victory.
He told HeraldSport: “It is a disappointing result as we don’t want to lose football matches, but it is not too bad.
“We still have another 90 minutes of football left to play so it is not the end of the tie.
“It is only half-time.
“So I’m not too disappointed with the result, although of course I would have preferred to win.”
With the crunch game set for Gayfield tomorrow, the Lichties know it is the biggest game of the season so far.
But despite their one-goal advantage, the boss is sure Dumbarton will still come out all guns blazing.
He said: “This game is going to be massive for us and it is one we must win.
“Another one or two goals might be able to get us through and we will take it to extra time and penalties if it means we remain in the play-offs.
“I suppose it will be kind of awkward for Dumbarton because they will be wondering whether to play their usual style or sit in as a draw could be good enough for them.
“But I think they will play their usual game and go forward so I would be very surprised if they just sat back.”
Mr Sheerin says he should have a full squad to chose from for tomorrow’s clash although he will make a last minute decision on himself after limping out of Wednesday’s game, early in the second half.
And along with the players, the boss is hoping fan power will help get them through.
He added: “Hopefully we will get a good crowd and they will come to the game tomorrow.
“There were some hardcore fans who were there on Wednesday night and hopefully everybody will get right behind us tomorrow.
“It really does lift us and could help us go all the way to the play-off final.”