Let’s finish the job

Paul Sheerin celebrates his goal against Stranraer.
Paul Sheerin celebrates his goal against Stranraer.

IT WILL be a case of the Lichties focusing on themselves rather than relying on results to go their way on Saturday as the play-off race intensifies.

With only two games remaining for the Gayfield men, they know that two wins will ensure they get their shot at promotion come the end of the campaign.

Tomorrow (Saturday), they make the trip to face Ayr United, who were 4-1 winners the last time the two teams met.

But manager Paul Sheerin says nobody will be focused on the Forfar or Stenhousemuir results as they will be concentrating on themselves.

He told HeraldSport: “Of course we will have a look at what has happened elsewhere after the match has finished but like I keep saying we must look after ourselves first.

“People keep saying that Stenhousemuir might come in and get that last place but as long as we get the right results it doesn’t matter.

“Going to Ayr United will be tough and they are a team in that middle area with nothing really to play for but that can work both ways.

“I’m sure they want to finish their season on a high.”

But even though Mr Sheerin says the team are only concentrating on themselves, he admitted they have been keeping an eye on who possible opponents could be if they reach the play-offs.

A fourth placed finish for the Lichties would mean facing the second bottom side in Division One.

The boss explained: “We have looked at the bottom of Division One already to get an idea.

“If we do finish fourth we will want to prepare properly and see what we are up against.”

For tomorrow’s clash at Somerset Park, the boss will be without Stuart Malcolm and Scott Morrison who are both injured.

However, Colin Hamilton will return from a one-match ban.

The defeat at the hands of Ayr last month was particularly hard to take for the Lichties.

And Mr Sheerin said: “To be honest in the last game against Ayr in all of the years in football I have never seen a referee have so much influence over a game.

“But this time we definitely need the points.

“They are always tough matches against them so we will prepare properly and do the best we can.”

Saturday’s victory against Stranraer was much needed for Mr Sheerin’s side even though they just scraped through to get the points.

And he added: “Of course I will be happy if we grind out a result again but I want us to do better than that.

“But if at this stage if it means playing like that to get a win we will accept it.”