Boss poised to ring the changes

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ARBROATH manager Paul Sheerin has admitted there may be changes to the side to accommodate a more attacking style of play as the Lichties head to Ayr United tomorrow (Saturday).

On Saturday, a heavy 4-0 defeat away to Albion Rovers was the Gayfield men’s second loss of the season.

And with play-offs and promotion the aim for the end of the campaign, the boss says it might be time for a return of a forward thinking team.

He explained to HeraldSport: “I know the goals against column on the table is not good enough but being more defensive is taking away from our forward play.

“Maybe we should go places and just have a go as opposed to being negative, so we will be looking at things.

“Good teams respond to bad results and we need to have that mentality.

“We know it won’t be easy against Ayr United but we will give it our best shot.”

The Honest Men have had a mixed start to the season after being relegated from the First Division last term.

But Mr Sheerin believes they may be a tough side to beat as the Lichties face their third week on their travels.

He said: “Their results have been quite up and down but they are bright up top and are decent through the middle.

“I think it should be a good game.

“It will be five weeks by the time we get back to Gayfield for a game and it can be difficult travelling.

“But it is just the way the fixtures fall and it is part and parcel of the game.

“It would be nice to get a win tomorrow and get three points away from home which will set us up nicely for the cup tie at Inverurie next week.

“However we will be missing Paul Currie for the game as he is suspended.”

Tomorrow’s match will also mark the first quarter of the season over and the Lichties will have had the chance to face every team in the Second Division.

And the boss says the players know it is their job to keep Arbroath among the chasing pack at the top.

He added: “Everybody will now have had a chance to play each other and get a feel for every squad.

“After playing eight games so far it is clear that Queen of the South is the team everybody is wanting to beat and we have to strive to stay with them and be within that pack.

“And now is the time to start improving and picking up points.”

Tomorrow will be the second week in a row that the Lichties have attempted to bounce back from a disappointing defeat.

But after chatting with the players at training on Monday the boss is confident they are in the right frame of mind.

He said: “We had a good chat on Monday which will hopefully benefit the players.

“We always knew it was going to be a battle at Cliftonhill and after going 1-0 we were still in it.

“But after the second goal went in there seemed to be an acceptance that we weren’t going to get back in it which is certainly frustrating.

“It is all about mentality, which is down to us to get right.”