Clean sheets are order of the day

Arbroath need to pick up the points, says boss Allan Moore, in the wake of Albion Rovers’ defeats buying them some breathing space.

Their losses to Elgin City on Saturday and East Fife on Tuesday stopped them leapfrogging into the top spot, a situation Moore is keen to avoid.

He and assistant manager Todd Lumsden were at Cliftonhill. The gaffer said: “At the end of the day it’s a good result for us which keeps us at the top of the league.

“We’ve got a game in hand over them and we need to make sure we are picking up the points.”

Looking forward to tomorrow (Saturday) the Lichties are back to league business with a visit to Shielfield Park to face Berwick Rangers.

With The Borderers going through a bit of a sticky patch of their own in the league and also trying to keep their Scottish Cup campaign going Moore hopes to take advantage.

He said: “We’re hoping they’ll have one eye on the cup game on Tuesday night.

“Hopefully we can shore up the goals against column because that’s what lets us down. We’ve not had many games where we’ve not scored but we need to keep a clean sheet.”

Arbroath will be looking to leave their last few ropey league performances behind them and build on their very respectable showing at Easter Road on Saturday.

The boss said: “To be honest I don’t want to take forward Saturday’s performance, because we were beaten, I want to improve and win.

“The boys were really disappointed with the end result but they put on a half decent show.

“We played a lot of good stuff and Big Mark [McCallum], our goalkeeper, was in top form.

“And then you get the wee sucker punch before half time because it was the only time in the first half that we were out of shape.

“I’m not saying we wouldn’t have stopped it, but it was annoying because wee things like that matter when you play against quality opposition and we got punished.”

The boss added: “I was delighted, when we did get the ball, with the football we played and I think the Hibs fans realised that as well.

“I think more importantly the Arbroath fans were away back up the road thinking ‘well we didn’t go down there and sit everybody behind the ball and get beat 3-1’.

“We gave it a go.”

Arbroath midfielder Mark Whatley has been on trial with Premiership side Aberdeen this week.

And it is reported that the 24-year-old has impressed during training with the Pittodrie men.

Whatley was known to the Dons having been signed by former Lichties’ gaffer Paul Sheerin, now a coach at Aberdeen, in the close season from Lowland League side Spartans.

He has impressed this season for the Maroons and has proved to be a vital cog in the midfield boiler room.

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes is reported to have been impressed by Whatley, who works as a school teacher, saying: “It has been great to have Mark in and he has been absolutely fine.

“We have enjoyed having him and he is someone we will keep an eye on, as we do with a lot of players in the lower leagues.

“We will continue to monitor his progress.”

Other teams are reported to be looking at Whatley who has made 29 appearances for the Lichties and is under contract at Gayfield until 2016.

Rearranged fixtures

Arbroath FC have confirmed the new dates for their games against East Stirlingshire and Albion Rovers.

East Stirlingshire will venture to Gayfield on Wednesday, March 4, with a 7.45 p.m. kick-off in the game postponed due to Arbroath’s Scottish Cup clash with Hibs.

Their match against Albion Rovers which was originally scheduled for January 10 has been moved to Wednesday, March 18, again with a 7.45 p.m. kick off at Gayfield.