February massive month for Maroons

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ARBROATH player/manager Paul Sheerin was happy to claim three points on Wednesday night, but believes improvement is still needed for a title run.

Speaking after the game on Wednesday he told Heraldsport he was happy enough with a win: “Yeah pretty much. It was a case of trying to close the gap which we managed.

“The quality was disappointing. But we deserved the win. I think they had a chance early on and Weir was unlucky in the second half.

“But other than that they never really created much and sat behind it a wee bit and we had a couple of chances ourselves after the break.

“It was comfy. Comfy, but we expect more.”

Despite the resounding slam of the transfer window closing on Tuesday night, the Gayfield supremo has his sights set on a few late additions to the strength.

He explained: “I’m hopefully getting more in, hopefully getting at least another one in anyway. I think we need another one. We’re still trying to do that.

“There are still players out there. Obviously we’ve got the luxury of the emergency loan if we need that as well, we have that luxury.

“But I’ve got my eye on someone. I’m just hopeful that they can manage to do that by Saturday.”

Wednesday also marked the full debut of new signing Collin Samuel who started from the whistle wearing the number eight.

The former Falkirk and St Johnstone front man was able to use his speed and experience on several occasions to anticipate the game, but often came off second best in physical challenges or headers.

Mr Sheerin commented that Samuel is still settling in and in the crucial stages of this season will prove his worth.

He said: “I’ve seen him better. He’s not played games, he needs games. The more games he gets, you’ll see Sammy, the best of Sammy.

“He knows himself he’s better than that. But there’s a lot more to come from him definitely - a lot more.”

Looking forward to the rest of the season, Mr Sheerin was understandably reluctant to jinx Arbroath’s chances by declaring a title run, but he did admit it was looking more likely.

He explained: “I think this time a couple of weeks ago we were eight points off it, but we’ve cut it to two now which is massive for us.

“We’re still going strong and performing in the league. It’s Airdrie back here on Saturday. We’ll recharge the batteries so we’re prepared properly and we’ll be ready to go again.”

Adding another three points to their tally has lengthened their advantage over Stenhousemuir and bought them some breathing space.

The gaffer explained: “The way it is at the minute we’ve got a gap but it’s down to us to try and stay as positive as possible.

“If we can do that then we’ve got a game on our hands.”

He added that February could be make or break for the Maroons, and a lot could hinge on taking home the points during a hectic month of fixtures.

He said: “February is a massive month, I think we’ve got another five games this month.

“There’s the two re-arranged ones in February, so it’s a huge month for us. Obviously we’ll be caught up on games and we’ll have a run in from there.

“If we can get through February then we’ll have a real opportunity.”