Lichties remain focused as tough run in lies ahead

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ARBROATH manager Paul Sheerin says he won’t start thinking about a promotion push until at least the New Year as he warns the Lichties have a tough spell of games in the lead up to Christmas.

In the first Angus derby of the season at Gayfield tomorrow (Saturday), ex Arbroath boss Jim Weir will be bringing his Brechin City side to the town.

This will be followed by a potential crunch top of the table clash away to league leaders Cowdenbeath, then yet another local derby at Gayfield against Forfar Athletic.

Despite playing out a 3-3 draw on Saturday away to Airdrie United, the Lichties have managed to remain level on points with top place Cowdenbeath and only trail them due to goal difference.

And Mr Sheerin reckons if his side keep going quietly about their business they may look to increase their target for the season in February time.

He told HeraldSport: “We’ve gone the whole month unbeaten and when you put it like that we have done really well and can’t grumble with the boys, so long may it continue.

“But we aren’t getting carried away and maybe when it gets to February we can start to think about finishing near the top of the table.

“It seems Cowdenbeath have everybody talking at the moment, and we are happy to let them keep doing that.

“We are just taking every game one at a time.”

With the Lichties due to play the Blue Brazil next week, a victory against the Glebe Park men would be a major boost for Mr Sheerin’s side.

A bumper crowd is set to descend on Gayfield tomorrow, as supporters aim to snap up vouchers that will entitle them to buy a ticket for the upcoming cup tie against SPL champions Rangers.

And the boss predicts the game will be the usual pulsating derby.

He added: “I think it will be the same as when we played them up there, as it was the typical derby.

“It will be high tempo but hopefully we can get ourselves on top.

“The support we have been receiving lately is unbelievable and has been in a different class.

“It gives us a massive boost when the fans are vocal and gives us that extra edge.

“The supporters who were at Brechin earlier in the season were brilliant and we hope it will stay that way.”

Striker Jordan Elfverson will be missing again this week through injury and the boss may have to make a last minute decision on loan midfielder Liam Caddis who is struggling with a hamstring problem.

However, the Lichties will be hoping not to repeat Saturday’s performance at Airdrie, which saw the loss of two late goals.

The Gayfield men had been leading 3-1 and looked to be very comfortable.

But they conceded twice in the later stages of the game and had to settle for a point.

And Mr Sheerin explained he found the result frustrating rather than disappointing.

He added: “We were comfortable and almost coasting but then it looked like we were fortunate to draw the game.

“They were just bad goals to lose and were a culmination of human error which you just can’t legislate for.

“It is more of a frustration as three out of the last four games we’ve had clean sheets and we know he have to work on that.

“But you have to remember we still have managed to pick up a point away from home, granted it probably should have been three.”