ARBROATH manager Paul Sheerin says every game from now on is a “must win” in what he believes is a two horse race for the title.
The Lichties returned to winning ways on Saturday with a 2-0 win over third place Dumbarton, which effectively ended the Sons’ title hopes.
And with the Gayfield men in second place and Cowdenbeath leading the pack four points ahead of them, the boss believes his side and the Blue Brazil will have to fight tooth and nail for the championship.
But Mr Sheerin told HeraldSport he just hopes the disappointing draws against Airdrie United and East Fife don’t come back to haunt them.
He said: “We are in a position now where we must win every game and not drop any points.
“What we don’t want is those recent results in games where we didn’t win to come back and bite us.
“We just have to keep going and picking up points as those games are done now and there is nothing we can do about it.
“We just have to look forward.”
After a long stretch of home matches the Lichties go out on their travels for two weeks starting with Stirling Albion tomorrow (Saturday).
The Binos have had a difficult season so far and are currently fighting to steer themselves away from the relegation play-off spots.
And even though there is a large gap between the two sides, Mr Sheerin says it won’t be an easy game.
He explained: “There is no doubt it will be a tough game tomorrow as everybody in the league is fighting for something at the moment whether it be to avoid relegation or get a play-off place.
“There is always something to play for and nobody has any meaningless games.
“You would say Stirling are fighting to stay in the division so they, too, will see it as a game they must win.”
The boss will have the rare luxury of a near full squad to choose from with Jordan Elfverson the only player set to miss out.
He added: “It is important to have a full squad for the run in so there will be a selection headache but it is a good problem to have.
“But making hard decisions will not be an issue and hopefully we will pick the right players to get the right result.”
With only eight games left in the campaign, time is running out for the Lichties to try and overtake Cowdenbeath at the top, although there are still 24 points to play for.
But the Gayfield supremo agrees the crunch game could be when the two sides face each other at Central Park on April 7.
He said: “Of course a lot can happen between now and then as we could be 10 points behind or three clear and there are a lot of ifs, buts and maybes.
“With respect to Dumbarton I think they are out of the title race now as they are just too far behind.
“But the most important thing is that we are only four behind, still within touching distance.
“We might have to go there to close the gap or overtake them but that also is shaping up to be a must win game.”