No two front teeth requests from Arbroath gaffer Paul Sheerin, all he wants for Christmas is three precious points.
The Lichties have not tasted victory since October 12, ironically when they defeated tomorrow’s opponents, Airdrie United, 3-2.
Since then, the Maroons have played 10 games – nine in the league – losing eight times and only scoring four times in the process.
The rot has to stop and the Arbroath boss knows it.
“Both teams need to win tomorrow, that’s the bottom line. It’s a critical match and a must win game for us,” he told Heraldsport.
“While we will go there expecting to win, they will also see the game as a winnable one, but we can open up a big gap between ourselves and them, as well as getting closer to the teams above us.
“A win on Saturday would give us a platform going into the New Year when we face East Fife, another team round about us. You would prefer these games to be at home, but we can definitely pick up points.”
Mr Sheerin is keen to improve his squad when the transfer window opens in five days’ time, but he is playing his cards close to his chest.
“We know we need to get bodies in, but we won’t panic and will be patient,” he revealed. “If we us another loan it will need to be until the end of the season, while we can’t do any other business until January, so at the moment it is really ifs, buts and maybes.”
For the journey to New Broomfield, the gaffer will be missing Graham Bayne through suspension, with Steven Doris and Darren Smith also struggling through injury.
Reflecting on the match against Dunfermline, the boss was pleased with the young players who came in.
He commented: “I think Dayle [Robertson] did really well up top. He’s been scoring goals for fun at the 19s level and it was only a matter of time before he got his chance, albeit not in the best circumstances due to injury and suspension.
“Kieran [McWalter] is a central midfielder, but was asked to do a job that is a little foreign to him out wide. However, he did well.”
The gaffer continued: “It was always going to be difficult against Dunfermline, but we had expectations of winning the game and prepared properly as always.
“We struggled to get to grips with their shape, but we showed a lot of character in the second half and up until Josh’s [Falkingham] goal, I thought we were the better team.
“We are trying hard to get the balance right and the players are certainly giving their all for myself and Stewart [Petrie].”