Boss hopes win brings confidence

editorial image

Arbroath manager Paul Sheerin is hoping to build on Wednesday night’s victory against Stranraer as the Lichties head to East Fife tomorrow (Saturday).

And the boss says there will be no talk of next weekend’s Scottish Cup trip to Old Firm giants Celtic until they have finished the job at New Bayview.

Before Wednesday night’s win against the Stair Park side, the Gayfield men were on a run of three straight league defeats and had slipped to seventh in the table.

But three points has now lifted them to fourth, which puts them back in the play-off positions.

And Mr Sheerin adds if they want to stay within the top half of the table, they need the right result against the Fifers.

He said: “Our home form has been decent so it is important that we improve away as we have had three big games recently.

“It’s another big pitch at East Fife but we will rest up and prepare properly.

“Winning like we did on Wednesday does breed confidence so hopefully we can take that into the game tomorrow.”

It has been a busy week for the Lichties, and it started off on Saturday with disappointment after losing 3-2 to league leaders Queen of the South.

After midweek fixtures, the Palmerston men have now gone nine points clear at the top of the table.

But the manager believes it is important they keep pushing for the top end of the table.

He added: “We have to be up there in the mix for play-offs, especially by January, February time and you have to be up there in amongst it.

“It just goes to show last season when Airdrie looked to be miles out and then they put a great run together at the right time.

“I do think play-offs are a great thing for the league and we have to keep them within our grasp.”

Even though the Lichties still have tomorrow’s clash to contend with, behind the scenes at Gayfield a lot of work has been going into the trip to Parkhead next weekend.

Both match and bus tickets have been selling well as the club and supporters look forward to their day out in Glasgow.

But for the players and management, attentions won’t turn to the money-spinning tie until after the East Fife clash.

Mr Sheerin said: “At the minute the game is a side show to be honest.

“Of course it is a great draw for the club and you always look to get one side of the Old Firm.

“But it is vital we get through tomorrow first and then we will start to enjoy the build up to the game.”

n Make sure you pick up next week’s Arbroath Herald for all the build to Arbroath’s Scottish Cup tie against Celtic at Parkhead.