Lichties aim to pull themselves up

Colin Hamilton in action in the win against East Fife on Saturday.
Colin Hamilton in action in the win against East Fife on Saturday.

Arbroath manager Paul Sheerin is hoping his side grasp the opportunity to possibly lift themselves from bottom spot with both hands.

After back to back wins for the second time this season, the Lichties could finally move up the table with a win tomorrow (Saturday) against relegation rivals Airdrieonians at Gayfield.

Six points in two games against Brechin City and East Fife has given the Lichties hope at a time when they were on a horrendous run of form.

But even though things are looking up, Mr Sheerin is still being cautious.

He told HeraldSport: “There are still eight games left and a lot of points to play for with some really tough games coming up so it is going to be difficult.

“All we have done the past two weeks is given ourselves an opportunity and now we need to take it.

“The application and hard work has always been there, and there was a culmination of different things this season which has meant we haven’t had the rub of the green at times.

“But I’ve been saying if we keep applying ourselves something will have to give.”

Tomorrow’s clash with Airdrie could prove pivotal for the Lichties with the visitors losing 3-0 to Rangers on Wednesday night.

However, the Diamonds were 2-1 winners the last time the two sides went head to head.

The boss added: “They are on an excellent run and were seven games unbeaten before Wednesday night.

“The games just keep getting bigger like I said last week and we have to take the opportunity to move off the bottom.

“But we will take care of ourselves before looking elsewhere for East Fife’s as if results go our way, we could jump above both teams.

“And considering how the table looked a couple of weeks ago, it would be an achievement.”

The only player the manager will have missing tomorrow is defender Alex Keddie, who will serve a one match ban.

This will mean forced changes to the back line to cover Keddie’s absence.

And Mr Sheerin praised his side, in particular the defence, in recent weeks for their never say die attitude, especially after going a goal down to East Fife on Saturday before bringing it back to 2-1.

He explained: “It was pleasing to bounce back from the goal as in other games, we have given teams a three goal head start.

“It was good to reply so quickly though and get it back to 1-1.

“We played well in the second half and it seems we do a lot better at Gayfield when we are against the wind.”