Down but not out, says Sheerin

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THEIR title hopes may have taken a battering on Saturday, but as far as Arbroath player/manager Paul Sheerin is concerned, there is still everything to play for.

The Lichties fell foul of Airdrie at New Broomfield, and a win by Cowdenbeath against Dumbarton saw the Blue Brazil accelerate to a seven-point lead at the top of the table.

According to Mr Sheerin the Maroons have no choice but to chin up and get on with playing football, despite the upset.

HeraldSport asked if he was still disappointed with the result against Airdrie, Mr Sheerin said: “Yes, I am still disappointed. Well at the moment we have to just concentrate on going forward with the campaign and getting away from it.”

However, a shot at the title is still well within Arbroath’s sights. Mr Sheerin explained: “It’s going to be more difficult now to win the league but we’ll keep going.

“We had a good training session on Monday and hopefully we’ll have another good one tonight (Wednesday) and we will just get ready to go on and win the last six games.

“It will be difficult to win this division now, especially at this point in the season when everyone still has something to play for. But we’ve got to go out there and do that.”

Arbroath hope to get back in the saddle tomorrow (Saturday) when they face Brechin City at home in what promises to be another thrilling derby game.

The Maroons will be hoping for plenty of home support at Gayfield, a major boost at derbies. The boss commented: “It will be difficult but we always get big crowds at derby games, which is good for us.

“Hopefully the boys can turn up on the day and there is no reason for us not to be able to win. We’ve got an extra edge because their manager Jim Weir left Arbroath to go to Brechin.”

With this in mind we asked Mr Sheerin how he felt about the forthcoming game, he replied: “I’m feeling good. It’s a good game to get on the back of last week’s defeat.

“At derby games the boys seem to take care of themselves alright and are up for it. So I’m hoping they’ll go out there and give a good performance.”

Having their title campaign take a blow against Airdrie at such a crucial time must have caused some upset for Mr Sheerin, but as ever he is calm and confident of success.

Asked if he was under pressure, Mr Sheerin told HeraldSport: “I’m OK, we’ve been reasonably successful so far this season.

“To come into the Second Division and to be where we are in the league just now, I wouldn’t say I’m feeling any stress.”

On the squad list for Saturday there are a few injuries, but no real surprises according to the manager, who explained: “Elf [Jordan Elfverson] is out and [Mark} Baxter and [Keiran] MacAnespie are more doubtful, it depends how they get on in training.

“Baxter and MacAnespie are carrying wee niggles at the moment.”

Regardless of who they play, Mr Sheerin always looks on the bright side and is looking forward to playing tomorrow. He added: “It’s a well worn cliché but we pretty much have to take each game as it comes.

“Hopefully we’ll be able to take three points on Saturday against Brechin and then take that back to Cowdenbeath next week and get three points there as well.”

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