Crunch time for Lichties in race for title warns Sheerin

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ARBROATH manager Paul Sheerin has warned now is the time to take care of business as the race for the title enters its final stage.

The Lichties are without a win in three games after draws with Clyde and Stranraer followed by Saturday’s disappointing 3-0 defeat at the hands of fellow contenders Albion Rovers.

They still remain top of Division Three with a game in hand but their advantage has now been slashed to just two points.

Tomorrow (Saturday) the Gayfield men will be travelling to bottom club Clyde before playing the reverse fixture at home on Wednesday night.

And Mr Sheerin told HeraldSport it is now time to get the right results and not have to rely on others to stay at the top.

He said: “Now it is more important than ever to take care of ourselves and get the right results and not have to worry about looking at other results until later.

“Not having the cushion at the top does put a pressure on us but as the supporters have told me Arbroath never do anything the easy way so we have to work hard.

“It is now three games without a win so it is important we bounce back and if we can pick up two wins in the double header against Clyde, we will be in a great position.

“On Saturday against Albion Rovers it was just a bad result but we are still top where we want to be.

“It would have been nice to put the final nail in the coffin for their title hopes but now it’s still a three-horse race.”

The Lichties upcoming back-to-back games against Clyde will see them face the Broadwood men twice in five days.

The boss admits it is less than ideal to be facing the same team in a short space of time but is hoping his side can take maximum points.

He added: “It can be awkward going into a double header.

“Last time we played Elgin twice in a short space of time we did so well at home and then lost away so learning from that might stand us in good stead.

“I know it’s a bit cliched but we will just take one game at a time and at the minute we just focussing on tomorrow’s match.

“Clyde are well organised and we are well aware of the threat they pose.

“They aren’t a bad side even though I suppose their league position doesn’t lie.

“But all the games coming up now are massive and we would love to win them both.”

‘Keeper Darren Hill who was suspended for Saturday’s clash will be back in contention but central defenders Stuart Malcolm and Allan McManus have been ruled out with injury.

Kevin McMullen and Ross Chisholm will also be missing as they are serving suspensions.

And the manager admits the timings of these suspension hasn’t been kind to the team

He explained: “It isn’t great timing but for a player like Ross he always likes to chase down the ball so he will pick up bookings.

“But suspensions are just something that happens in football and we have a squad capable of dealing with that.”