early losses no reason to panic

Player-manager Paul Sheerin knows he has a tough task ahead of him if Arbroath is to make an impact this season.
Player-manager Paul Sheerin knows he has a tough task ahead of him if Arbroath is to make an impact this season.

Arbroath player-manager Paul Sheerin is considering his options ahead of their trip to East End Park tomorrow (Saturday).

The boss was understandably unsatisfied with the Maroons’ performance against Ayr United on Saturday which quashed their hopes of getting some early points on the board.

Speaking on Wednesday to HeraldSport Mr Sheerin was fully aware of the work that needed to be done and was prepared to move forward.

He said: “It was frustrating at the time, but it’s still early doors yet and we can’t be panicking already as it’s a relatively new squad.

“We know what we’ve got to do and we will do all we can to rectify what we are doing wrong. We trained well enough on Monday there and we’ll train again on Thursday.

“The players know it themselves that their performance wasn’t good enough.

“They know it was not acceptable what we’ve had from them in the last few games and we will do all we can to fix that.”

The gaffer admits that given the past string of poor results for the club that changes will need to be made, either tactically or in the dressing room.

He said: “It is early, so I’m not panicking yet, but if it continues then I’ll worry.

“We are looking to change things, like a change of personnel or a change of shape. I’ve looked at that and maybe now I have to look at myself and say ‘have we got the right type of players to do that?’

“I thought we did, but maybe not so I’ll review that. Myself, Tony Bullock [goalkeeping coach] and Stewart Petrie [assistant boss] will sit down and think about that as well.

“So I’m not going to panic too much, but granted it’s a frustration and I’m not going to let that pass by either.”

According to the boss while the transfer window is still open there are always opportunities to be had. He said: “We’re constantly looking out for players and we’re just trying to get the right one.

“We’ve got all sorts of players who are stalling because they are looking to stay full time.

“I certainly hope we can find one, and if we can I’ll be happy to wait right up to deadline day.”

But come tomorrow Mr Sheerin is under no illusion of an easy game against Dunfermline.

He said: “They are all going to be tough games in this division, there won’t be many easy games. That means that we really need to win our home games.

“It will be a tough game obviously, but we know what we’re doing and we’re set up to get our first three points this season.”