ARBROATH manager Paul Sheerin hopes Saturday’s 6-0 defeat at Queen of the South will act as a wake up call.
And with a place in the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup up for grabs, the boss is hoping for an instant reaction.
The Lichties face Stenhousemuir at Gayfield on Sunday in a cup quarter-final after beating local rivals Forfar Athletic in the previous round.
And Mr Sheerin told HeraldSport Saturday’s result will spur them on to do better on Sunday.
He said: “It is never nice to be on the receiving end of those defeats.
“Lately we have managed to get results without actually being at our best.
“But the realisation has come that we have to work harder and we have had our eyes open as to what can happen if you are not at the top of your game.
“Hopefully we will see that reaction on Sunday and we can right the wrongs and get in the draw for the next round.”
And with the Lichties possibly only two games away from making their first ever final of a major cup competition, Mr Sheerin believes his side have a massive motivation to get the right result.
He explained: “People sometimes talk down this cup when they go out early on but when you get to this stage you want to get as far as you can.
“We have the chance to get to a semi-final and then who knows maybe a final against Rangers which would be massive for the club.
“I believe that the club has never been in a final so we would love to try and achieve that.
“It is not going to be easy but we are desperate to get into the next round.”
Sunday’s opponents Stenhousemuir also come to Gayfield on the back of a heavy 4-0 defeat at home to Forfar on Saturday.
So the manager knows they won’t be easy opponents.
He added: “Like us they have started well until Saturday although they might feel they had an excuse because they went down to 10 men.
“They will be hurting and desperate to come to Gayfield and do well.
“We have seen them a couple of times and they are looking strong and will probably be in the mix at the top at the end of the season.
“But our main priority will be to look after ourselves and get our form back.”
The boss could be without midfielder Paul Currie who is struggling with an injury.
But goalkeeper Tony Bullock will definitely be missing through suspension, meaning new signing Scott Morrison will start.
The boss said: “We have signed Scott Morrison until the end of January so he will start and we will have one of our young ‘keepers on the bench.
“We do have a couple of good young ‘keepers at the club but maybe they are a bit too young at the moment to be pushing the first team.
“We will review where Scott is in January but he has been at the club before so it is up to him now to take his chance.”