Lichties’ away form must improve

Picture: STENHOUSEMUIR. Ochilview. Stenhousemuir v Arbroath.
Picture: STENHOUSEMUIR. Ochilview. Stenhousemuir v Arbroath.

Arbroath manager Paul Sheerin has admitted the Lichties’ away form is simply not good enough and must improve.

The Gayfield men fell to their third consecutive away defeat on Saturday when they lost 1-0 to Stenhousemuir at Ochilview.

And with another away fixture against Albion Rovers lined up for tomorrow (Saturday) the boss is hoping for immediate action.

He told HeraldSport: “Our away form is not good enough.

“You hope to pick up the odd points away from home so it is frustrating it has been so long and we have been inconsistent away from home for much of the season.

“The defeat on Saturday has definitely given us food for thought as losing three in a row away is not ideal.

“It is a cause for concern but hopefully we can put things right tomorrow.”

Recent trips to Cliftonhill have been unhappy ones for Mr Sheerin, especially a trip earlier in the season when the Lichties suffered a 4-0 hammering.

And they now have revenge on their minds.

He added: “We are probably due them one as they gave us a real tanking the last time.

“We set a target last week of getting four points over these two away games, but obviously we can’t do that anymore.

“So I would say that getting three points tomorrow is essential and it’s a must win.

“It hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for us so we have to approach it in a positive manner.”

The manager should have a full squad to chose from for the encounter.

He is hoping the Lichties’ can retain their fifth place in the Second Division, just inside the play-off places.

But with Forfar, East Fife and Stenhousemuir hot on their heels, he predicts the fight for the play-offs could go right down to the wire.

He said: “You want to be up there within the play-off places and you have to keep your head within the pack.

“If we could have got a win on Saturday, it would have put us in a great position and given us a bit of breathing space.

“So now it is vital to try and pull away.

“And we will be doing all we can to stay up there so we are in the right place come the end of the season.”