Lichties ready to bounce back

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ARBROATH manager Paul Sheerin is hoping the blow of missing out on a cup final will not impact on the Lichties’ league campaign.

The Gayfield men took Queen of the South to extra-time in the Ramsden’s Cup semi-final on Sunday but with just three minutes to go the hosts netted the winner, much to the despair of the large travelling support.

Tomorrow (Saturday), Mr Sheerin’s men face the long trip to Coatbridge to face Albion Rovers as they report back for league duty.

And he told HeraldSport he is sure his players will quickly bounce back.

He said: “Going back to league business at Albion Rovers, I hope the players will be lifted because they gave a spirited performance on Sunday.

“These disappointments can have an adverse effect but I think the players realise they did do themselves and the club proud and hopefully they won’t focus on the negatives.

“We were all quite buoyant in training on Monday so I think we will be ready to go.”

Tomorrow’s opponents Albion Rovers have had a slow start to the season but seem have improved in recent weeks.

But the boss believes it maybe a case of mind over matter if they are to collect all three points.

He explained: “They have changed their squad since Todd [Lumsden] came in and he has brought in his ideas and they have managed to pick up in recent weeks.

“It is not the easiest of place to go as it is not always a great pitch and they have a tight away dressing room so it is about getting the right mentality.

“And if we get that right we can give ourselves a good opportunity.”

The boss is hoping to have a full squad of players to chose from bar Darren Hill.

Both Lee Sibanda and Daniel Rennie were unable to train on Monday night but Mr Sheerin is hopeful they will be back in contention for Saturday.

And even though the manager says his players will be able to bounce back quickly from Sunday’s semi final defeat, he admits they were all gutted at full-time.

He said: “It was a blow because our application after the first half was outstanding, especially when you are up against a full-time team.

“When it is so close and it looks like it is going to penalties and they get the winner it’s a huge blow.

“But we have to take it on the chin and learn from it because cup semi-finals and finals is something we want to keep striving for.”