Let’s get a much needed win

Arbroath manager Paul Sheerin and striker Steven Doris in action against Forfar. Picture by Graham Black.
Arbroath manager Paul Sheerin and striker Steven Doris in action against Forfar. Picture by Graham Black.

Arbroath manager Paul Sheerin is hoping to take Saturday’s positive performance against Forfar and turn it into points tomorrow (Saturday).

The Lichties welcome second placed Dunfermline to Gayfield, with the Pars on a five-game unbeaten streak.

But while their opponents might be riding high, the Maroons sit second bottom of the table, although they picked up an important point against local rivals Forfar on Saturday.

And with his side looking much improved in their derby outing, Mr Sheerin is hoping this continues as they seek a much needed win and three points.

He told HeraldSport: “I thought we deserved more than what we got on Saturday because it was a good performance and we were a lot better than we have been.

“So hopefully we can build on that as there have always been positives and there is a lot of positivity around the training ground.

“There are encouraging signs and things were looking a lot better than in recent weeks.”

The Lichties have already recorded a win over tomorrow’s opponents earlier in the season and know all about Dunfermline’s young captain, ex-Lichtie Josh Falkingham.

But the boss says victory against the Pars earlier in the campaign can help them in their quest for three points.

He added: “It was a lot earlier in the season that we went to their place and beat them but hopefully the boys can take something from that.

“They are on a five-game winning streak so it will be difficult, but hopefully we can take the positives from Saturday and keep our levels up.

“We need to start winning games and climbing away from the relegation zone and we can only do that by winning football matches.”

Ross Chisholm will be unavailable for the clash, while Graham Bayne will be serving suspension after receiving a red card on Saturday.

Mr Sheerin said: “The squad is a bit threadbare at the minute but we will battle on.”

Meanwhile the boss is still pursuing targets with the transfer window set to open in less than two weeks.

Last week, Mr Sheerin revealed he had missed out on defender Stewart Greacen but added he is looking for quality over quantity.

The gaffer explained: “We are still trying constantly to bring in the right people.

“I don’t want to bring people in for the sake of it.

“It’s more about quality than quantity.

“I’m certainly hopeful we can do that.

“So fingers crossed.”