Players must bounce back

BOUNCE BACK: Steven Doris, in action against Brechin, is just one of the players eager to get back to winning ways.
BOUNCE BACK: Steven Doris, in action against Brechin, is just one of the players eager to get back to winning ways.

ARBROATH manager Paul Sheerin is calling on his players to put their last two defeats behind them as the double header with Alloa Athletic approaches.

It has been a disappointing week for the Lichties with a home loss to Brechin on Saturday before another defeat at the hands of Stranraer on Tuesday night.

And with the Gayfield men set to face the second placed Wasps twice in the space of five days, the boss is hoping the week’s bad results are behind them.

He told HeraldSport: “It has been a poor week, especially losing our home game and then going to Stranraer and getting a blow after the long journey there so it has been pretty disappointing.

“We just have to put it behind us and go again starting tomorrow, but I’m sure we will be ready to go. The squad is quite tight and the numbers we have now will basically be the same until the end of the season.

“It is going to be tough as we will probably have suspensions coming around. But we will do the best we can and make sure we are ready for tomorrow.”

Tomorrow (Saturday), the Lichties will make the trip to Recreation Park to face Alloa before welcoming them to Gayfield on Wednesday night.

And the boss believes a positive result tomorrow could also help them on Wednesday.

He explained: “It is not ideal being away tomorrow as our away form hasn’t been good.

“It has happened a couple of times when we have gone in against teams in these double headers.

“And I think the first game will have a big bearing on what happens in the second so we will have to equip ourselves well.

“Alloa have been excellent this season although we did scrape a win there earlier in the campaign.

“But we are under no illusion that it is going to be tough.”

The Lichties will be without Tony Bullock for the trip who is serving the last game of his suspension after being shown a red card at the end of the defeat to Brechin.

Rumours had been circulating that former East Fife midfielder Bobby Linn was on the verge of signing for the club for next year.

But the boss confirmed: “I had spoken to Bobby as I wanted him in for next season.

“But unfortunately now there are a couple of issues since it came out in the press and we aren’t as well progressed with it.”