It is still all to play for says boss

Tough times for Paul Sheerin.
Tough times for Paul Sheerin.

Arbroath manager Paul Sheerin still believes the Lichties’ fate is in their own hands despite dropping to the bottom of League One.

The Gayfield men are now propping up the table and are two points behind nearest rivals Airdrie after a 1-1 draw at Stranraer on Saturday.

Over the course of the next few weeks, the Lichties have several crunch clashes starting with an Angus derby against Forfar at Gayfield tomorrow (Saturday) and a trip to Dunfermline on Tuesday night.

And Mr Sheerin, who admits this is the first time he has battled relegation in his career, knows just how crucial the next four weeks are going to be if they are to salvage anything from the campaign.

He told HeraldSport: “Going to the bottom of the league is a blow and that is why we have a massive, massive four games coming up as we have to face both Airdrie and East Fife.

“So if we can get points against them it is still very much in our own hands.

“I have been pretty lucky that I haven’t been in this position before but hopefully we will stay positive as we just haven’t quite had the rub of the green.

“Of course you look at how other results go but you just have to focus on yourself.

“Before Saturday you would have taken a point away to Stranraer but performance levels were good though it did become a bit frantic towards the end but that’s understandable given the position we are in.”

Tomorrow’s opponents, local rivals Forfar come into the derby on the back of a 4-2 defeat at home to Dunfermline.

But the Lichties can take comfort in the fact that they have already taken three points from the Station Park side already this season.

The boss added: “We have done OK against them so far and did reasonably well to get the three points from them earlier in the season and I thought we were worthy winners.

“It will also be a big match against Dunfermline on Tuesday night and we will go there trying to emulate what we did earlier in the season.

“But for now we will just focus on the Forfar game first before worrying about Tuesday night.”

Alan Cook will come back into contention after serving a one match ban agaisnt Stranraer on Saturday.

And the boss is hopeful he won’t have any injury worries ahead of tomorrow’s derby.