Lichties want to go Loco in Inverurie

Harlaw Park will host League Division Two side Arbroath in the next round of the William Hill Scottish Cup on Saturday.
Harlaw Park will host League Division Two side Arbroath in the next round of the William Hill Scottish Cup on Saturday.

ARBROATH player/manager Paul Sheerin will be hoping that it’s a case of bad things happening in threes and their cup tie against Inverurie Locos will signal a change in fortunes.

With the Lichties having nothing to show from their last three encounters, the gaffer will be looking to make amends by overcoming Inverurie Loco Works at Harlaw Park tomorrow (Saturday).

When HeraldSport caught up with Mr Sheerin on Wednesday he had accepted the Ayr United result and moved on.

He said: “I’m fine. I’m OK. Albion Rovers was the bitter disappointment. Saturday though was disappointing in the first half, but by the second half we looked more like ourselves and had more of an attacking form.

“There were a lot more positives to take from Saturday’s game than from previous ones.”

The Ayr United game saw the Lichties return to the aggressive style of attacking play which has served them so well in the past, but the boss doesn’t believe this left them exposed at the back.

Mr Sheerin explained: “No, I think we were reasonably solid at the back. I think they only had maybe two chances in the first half, but when we came back after the interval we looked more of a threat to them.

“The first half we sat back a bit and let them play in front of us, which is never good, but once we got up the pitch a bit in the second half we presented more of a threat.

“We looked more like we created chances in the second half and the forward thinking players were making better use of their areas.”

The boss will be pleased to see the return of Paul Currie who missed out on the Ayr United game after he picked up a suspension.

Mr Sheerin said: “Paul was just suspended for that one game and we’re looking at a full squad on Saturday.”

However, the boss won’t be expecting a walkover tomorrow at Harlaw Park against the Highland Division side.

The Locos are on something of a run in the cup notching up a slew of high scoring victories including an 8-0 romp, as well as a convincing league victory over Keith FC, who were Arbroath’s last hurdle in the 2011/12 Scottish Cup before facing Rangers.

Mr Sheerin said: “They’ll be tough. They beat Keith recently and I don’t want them to end up being our banana skin club.

“It’s a tight pitch and it’s on a slope, so it’s not a great environment for us to play in. We need to be in the right frame of mind, be on the ball and hope that our quality wins out at the end of the day.

“It’s no secret that we have a better record at home than we have away from home.”

According to the Locos’ twitterfeed, stand tickets are selling rapidly for what promises to be an exciting encounter between two high scoring teams.