Crunch games will define season

The players gather around to celebrate Bobby Linn's second goal in the 4-2 win at Brechin on Saturday. Graham Black
The players gather around to celebrate Bobby Linn's second goal in the 4-2 win at Brechin on Saturday. Graham Black

Arbroath manager Paul Sheerin says his side won’t be getting carried away after recording only their second win in 19 games on Saturday.

And with two crunch home games coming up starting with East Fife at Gayfield tomorrow (Saturday) and then Airdrie a week later, the boss knows it’s make or break time.

Saturday’s 4-2 win at Brechin City wasn’t enough to lift the Lichties from the bottom of League One.

But with the New Bayview men now their nearest rivals in the relegation dog fight, Mr Sheerin says the right result can help to put his side back on track.

He told HeraldSport: “It was a good win at Brechin on Saturday and it gives us a boost of confidence.

“But we can’t get carried away because there is still a long way to go.

“And we have a huge game coming up against East Fife so we know things are still in our own hands and if we can put a run together we can go right back in amongst it.

“So it is probably as big as it gets tomorrow but as the weeks go by the games will start getting bigger and bigger.”

Tomorrow’s opponents East Fife haven’t enjoyed the easiest of weeks after losing 1-0 to a last minute penalty netted by league leaders Rangers on Saturday, then going 2-0 down to Stranraer on Tuesday night.

And the manager is hoping to capitalise on the Fifers’ misfortune.

He added: “It is not ideal preparation from their point of view, especially after such a tough game to Rangers on Saturday and then losing that last minute penalty.

“And then the long trek to Stranraer certainly won’t have helped, but we will have to see how that affects them come Saturday.

“We have to look at winning both of these next two games to get out of this predicament we are in.

“But we will focus on tomorrow first before Airdrie the following week.”

Ross Chisholm will be suspended for the clash and Scott Morrison will miss out through injury, but the rest of the squad will be in contention.

But one other thing that Mr Sheerin is hoping will boost his side is the supporters, who he was keen to show his appreciation to.

He explained: “I feel I have the support of the majority of the fans and it is most appreciated and quite touching in a way.

“It is really gratifying but there is no getting away from our current position and I hope to repay them by improving on this.

“And I know the players feel the same way as I do.”