Maximum points needed says boss

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ARBROATH manager Paul Sheerin says every game from now on is like a cup final they must win if they stand any chance of clinching the Second Division title.

A massive result against league leaders Cowdenbeath means the Lichties’ have closed the gap at the top of the league to four points with four games remaining.

But despite recording the morale-boosting victory, the boss says his players still have to win every single remaining game and hope the Blue Brazil slip up somewhere if they want back-to-back titles.

He told HeraldSport: “It is going to be tough trying to win what will be five games in a row and we would much rather be in Cowdenbeath’s position.

“But on Saturday we asked the question by getting a result there and showed them that we will put pressure on right until the end.

“We had to win on Saturday otherwise it would have effectively been the title over for us, so it was a pretty big win.

“At the minute we have only given ourselves another opportunity but we can’t come back home tomorrow and go backwards.

“We have got to have the same attitude as Saturday, make it a cup final and make it a right horrible game.

“Then come 4.45 p.m. we will hopefully have the three points we need.

“And as long as it is possible we will keep going.”

Tomorrow (Saturday) the Lichties face another home Angus derby, this time against Forfar Athletic who have been struggling in recent weeks.

And the Loons will be just as eager as the Gayfield men for a win as they look to stave off the threat of relegation.

But Mr Sheerin says that doesn’t mean the game will be a breeze for his side.

He added: “As Brechin showed a couple of weeks ago, derbies are tough and there is no doubt Dick (Campbell) will have his side come here right up for it.

“Forfar are fighting for their lives at the moment so we have to be at our best as it will be a tough game.

“It gives us a chance to get back on track from our last home defeat and hopefully get three points as nothing less will do.”

The boss admits after the last home game to Brechin, the dressing room was quite a bleak place but this time he is hoping for a more positive mood.

He said: “After the last defeat, it was probably the first time that I have been so negative after a game since coming here but the players realised it wasn’t the result we wanted.

“We have always said we need to stay on Cowdenbeath’s coat tails and now we are putting the pressure on them. “

The manager will definitely be without the services of Keith Gibson tomorrow, who is still suspended after receiving a red card in the match against Brechin City.

Jordan Elfverson is also out injured and a late decision will be made on Collin Samuel who picked up a knock in training on Monday night.

But the boss is also calling on the supporters to play their part in tomorrow’s game.

Mr Sheerin explained: “Last week the fans were excellent, especially as it was a pretty hostile environment.

“It is vital we get supporters through the door and they get behind us as I’m sure they have realised we have given ourselves a good opportunity.

“I know they will get behind us as they always have since we have been at the club and I’m sure they will do the same this weekend. “

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