THE HEAT is on for Arbroath, but as far as gaffer Paul Sheerin is concerned it’s not time to get out of the kitchen.
HeraldSport caught up with the boss following their defeat at Glebe Park on Saturday and asked if the pressure was well and truly on now.
Mr Sheerin said: “Well yes it is, but purely because we are running out of games, but nothing changes points wise with Forfar dropping points as well.”
With Arbroath facing Stranraer tomorrow (Saturday) and then Ayr and Alloa in the following weeks every match now has taken on the atmosphere of cup final day.
The gaffer agreed: “Yes, but it’s pretty much been like that for the last six or seven games already, but we know that if we want to extend our season then it is up to ourselves now. If anything the situation is becoming a bit more difficult.”
Mr Sheerin will be concentrating on the results his side can grind out in the next few weeks, but he will also be keeping a keen eye on his closest rivals.
He said: “It’s frustrating. Of course we’d rather be in Alloa’s or Brechin’s position. So in the next few games we’re just going to have to pick up the points and look at where we are and see what happens with Forfar and to a lesser extent Stenhousemuir. Until then we need to look after ourselves first and foremost.
“We need to win the next three games and hope that Forfar drop more points along the way. We seem to be becoming more and more reliant on other teams’ results and need to get it back into our own hands.”
The gaffer’s prayers may well be answered this weekend as Forfar take on runaway champions Queen of the South.
There has been a lot of talk recently with Queen of the South sitting at 85 points with three games to go that they have every chance of breaking the 2006 Second Division record set by former rivals Gretna.
Mr Sheerin will be looking out for the Doonhammers to pick up more points tomorrow. He said: “We hope so! Queen of the South have been talking about breaking Gretna’s 88 point record and their players will be responding to that.
“Hopefully it works for them but it’s not always what happens. When you win a title with so many games to go it can often be difficult to keep up that kind of standard for the rest of the season.
“All we can do is make sure we win our games and as I keep saying, it’s up to us to pick up the three points.”
The Lichties welcome eighth place Stranraer to Gayfield tomorrow and the boss is looking forward to the challenge.
He said: “We always prepare to win a football match and we know that every game brings different teams, different formations and different situations.
“We know Stranraer are a decent side and they thumped us when we were at their place last time. They’ve also changed a lot under Stephen Aitken so it should be an interesting game.
“We need to get back to winning games. We struggled to win against Albion there, and against Brechin we were passing and moving well for a while.
“We’ll be hoping to take that into Saturday’s game and extend the good play to about 70 or 75 minutes which will hopefully be enough to win the game.”
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