Dick Campbell believes Arbroath have earned the right to be in the League Two title race ahead of the season’s fourth quarter of fixtures.
The Lichties boss saw his side smash sorry Cowdenbeath 4-1 on Saturday and with Forfar Athletic drawing at home to Montrose, just six points now separate first and second.
Added to Elgin City’s mid-week loss to Stirling Albion in one of their two games in hand over the top two, it’s not been too bad a week for those of the Arbroath persuasion.
Campbell said: “I think we’ve earned the right to have an opinion on the title race. There’s a lot of points going to be dropped. Every team is fighting, whether they’re at the bottom of the table or fighting for the play-offs.
“The play-offs were the goal at the start of the season. It’s far from me to presume anything, but we’re well on our way to achieving that goal.
“By course of elimination we’ll look at it if it becomes mathematically impossible not to win the championship, we’ll focus on the play-offs. I’m sure there’ll be a lot of twists and turns before the end of the season.
“I think I’ve got a very experienced team with a lot of pace in there. There’s no point talking about it though, let’s go and get prepared for Elgin.
“We’ve been here before, it’s very exciting and I can only speak on Arbroath. It’ll take a lot of hard work for us to achieve where we’re going but we’re getting there a bit faster than we thought.”
The win over the struggling Blue Brazil was a big positive for Campbell for a number of reasons.
He added: “It’s been a good day, we’ve pulled two points back on Forfar and got our goal difference up a bit. We got some minutes into guys that haven’t playing and it was very good to see Jimmy Scott come back.
“We’ll have a full squad available to go up to Elgin on Saturday.
“It’s a very good day for Arbroath and I’m very happy. We’re four points clear of Elgin now but you only get three points for a win, whatever team you play. You’ve got to apply yourself in every game.
“We’ll go up to Elgin and try to get three points. We’re capable of doing it. I’m very happy with the attitude from the players. Let’s get up there and see what’s in front of us.”