Confidence still high says Sheerin

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WITH only seven games of the campaign remaining, Arbroath manager Paul Sheerin is still confident of title glory for a second season in a row.

The Lichties have had several opportunities to knock Cowdenbeath off the top spot in Division Two but have been unable to remove the Fife side.

With the Gayfield men earning a draw away to Stirling Albion and the Blue Brazil also gaining just one point, the situation at the top of the table has remained the same.

And the boss told HeraldSport it is just a case of keeping up the momentum of their 11-game unbeaten streak.

He said: “We are still confident but now things are out of our hands.

“I think there would be more pressure if we were the team in front so all we can do now is just keep on going.

“With Saturday all we lost was another game from our fixture list and the fact we didn’t lose any more ground to Cowdenbeath means the result wasn’t the end of the world.”

The Lichties went behind in their clash against the Binos on 20 minutes and they had Josh Falkingham to thank for an equaliser in the 89th minute.

And due his side having to wait until the death to score the goal, Mr Sheerin believes it was an important point.

He added: “We need to keep winning games but with the draw on Saturday, the opportunity to close the gap on Cowdenbeath has again passed us by.

“Although it could have been a lot worse if it wasn’t for the goal so really it is just another match gone from our fixtures and not the end of the world.

“Gaining a point away from home is not a bad thing although of course I would have preferred all three.”

Tomorrow (Saturday) Arbroath are on their travels again with a second consecutive away game, this time against Airdrie United.

The Diamonds have proved tough to break with their last meeting at New Broomfield finishing in a 3-3 draw, despite the Lichties at one point enjoying a 3-1 lead.

And the manager is not under any illusions that it will be an easy match.

He explained: “Last time we played there we had a two goal lead and then at home we were 2-0 up and they brought us back to a draw.

“Like I’ve said before, everybody is still battling for something, whether it be play-offs, avoiding relegation or the title so we know it will be tough.

“They are an excellent team going forward so it will be good to go there and pick up a win.”

Again the gaffer should have a full squad of players to chose from as competition for places heats up.

The only player missing is Jordan Elfverson, who has struggled with injury since joining Gayfield last summer.

And Mr Sheerin explained it is a back problem that is putting him out of action.

He said: “Elf has had problems with his back and then picked up other niggling injuries over the course of the season.

“Not only has it been a real frustration for him but also for us because he hasn’t had much of a chance to show what he can do.

“When he was fit earlier in the season he did well coming on off the bench.

“He had a scan on Saturday and he will get the results in a couple of weeks and we all hope it will be positive news.”

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