ARBROATH manager Paul Sheerin says the Lichties have to put their cup success to the back of their minds as they aim for six points in their next two league games.
On Sunday the Gayfield men booked a place in the last four of the Ramsdens Cup, their first national semi-final in 53 years after beating Stenhousemuir 1-0.
The draw is still to be made for the next round, but as Mr Sheerin’s men face East Fife at Gayfield tomorrow (Saturday), followed by a derby against Forfar Athletic next week, he is hoping to capitalise on the home advantage.
He told HeraldSport: “We have to concentrate as we have two home games coming up in the league now and we should be looking to pick up six points.
“But as we always say, we just have to take each game as it comes.
“Our home form has been pretty good and we seem to win more often than not at Gayfield so we should have a slight advantage.
“The pitch seems to suit our style of play so we will definitely be looking to get three points tomorrow.
“It is important we stay up there in the mix.”
In their last league outing, Arbroath were demolished 6-0 away to Queen of the South, and the boss was pleased his players managed to bounce back with a win on Sunday.
But he added that the Methil men will be no pushover.
He said: “East Fife have started a bit slow so they will be desperate for points.
“But all of the teams in this league are pretty even and anybody can beat anybody so it is going to be tight. It is vital we are ready and put in a good performance.”
The boss should have a full squad bar injured goalkeeper Darren Hill as the suspended Tony Bullock becomes available again.
But the gaffer admits he may have a selection headache over who to chose to go in goal after Scott Morrison pulled off some impressive saves in the victory against Stenhousemuir.
He explained: “It is certainly a good headache to have.
“Scotty was excellent and he pulled off some incredible saves.
“So there is a decision to make but I will say Scotty did his chances no harm on Sunday.”
The draw for the semi-finals of the Ramsdens Challenge Cup will be held after Rangers play Queen of the South on Tuesday.
Partick Thistle and Cowdenbeath have also booked their place in the last four.