recovery is key for the players

Paul McManus celebrates putting the Lichties on easy street against Bo'ness on Saturday.
Paul McManus celebrates putting the Lichties on easy street against Bo'ness on Saturday.

The last few days will have been crucial for the hard-working Arbroath players, according to boss Allan Moore.

A long journey north on Tuesday night resulted in what he termed as a ‘lacklustre’ performance against Elgin City.

The Lichties only managed to grab a point when Craig Gunn cancelled out a Simon Murray goal.

And Moore says that the fatigue will hopefully have been overcome when Annan Athletic come calling tomorrow.

And the Galabank men will be in confident mood having seen off strong going Albion Rovers in midweek.

Speaking after the clash at Borough Briggs, the Maroons’ supremo told HeraldSport: “We were a bit lacklustre. We should have dealt with the centre forward better, he was dangerous.

“We didn’t play anywhere near our capabilities and I am disappointed.

“We had the chances ourselves but didn’t make much of them.

“The pitch was heavy and it really didn’t suit our type of play, not helped by the long journey after a work day. But that is part and parcel of part-time football - it just has to be done.

“At the end of the day it is still a good point.”

Arbroath’s other midweek game of the season was down at Annan where they won 1-0 in October, with Dylan Carreiro netting the all important goal.

Looking ahead to the Annan clash, he continued: “There is no two ways about it, Saturday is going to be difficult. We beat them away last time but it was hard and although we dominated the first half it was a really difficult match. We were lucky to get away with the points.

“Especially with them beating Albion Rovers last night. I need to pick the team carefully for Saturday.

“I envisage it being a heavy pitch again because of the rain and after the Bo’ness game last week, we lacked the endurance and showed weariness on Tuesday, which we can’t have when we face Annan tomorrow.”

As we move into December, the next two months will be vital for Arbroath’s championship aspirations.

Hard work, fitness, stylish play, good defending and some fine goals have got the Lichties into a terrific position with over a third of the league season having been played.

Even at this stage with 22 games remaining, there is a large gap between Arbroath, Queen’s Park and Albion Rovers.

And it looks like these teams will make the play-offs and be vying for silverware.

With the January transfer window fast approaching, a couple of key acquisitons could make the difference for the run in.