Sheerin: Ayr clash a ‘must win’

Arbroath manager Paul Sheerin says tomorrow's clash with Ayr United is a 'must win' game.
Arbroath manager Paul Sheerin says tomorrow's clash with Ayr United is a 'must win' game.

ARBROATH manager Paul Sheerin hopes his side’s killer edge can return in time for tomorrow’s (Saturday) league clash with Ayr United at Gayfield.

After going in against Alloa on Saturday and again on Wednesday night, the Lichties took three points from a possible six.

But Wednesday night’s defeat, coupled with Forfar recording a victory against Albion Rovers on Tuesday, has meant the Gayfield men have slipped out of the top four.

And with just 10 games remaining and play-off places at stake, the boss believes now is the time to start kick on.

He explained: “It looks like the hunt for the play-off places is going to go right down to the wire and it is more than just Forfar we have to look out for as there is also Stenhousemuir and Ayr United who will be challenging.

“On Wednesday there were spells where we did reasonably well but it feels like there is just that something missing and that is what we have to rectify.”

Tomorrow’s opponents Ayr United have suffered three defeats in a row losing to Brechin, Forfar and Stenhousemuir.

And it has also been a mixed bag for Arbroath, suffering a home defeat against Brechin before picking up a vital win at Alloa before losing in the return fixture on Wednesday night.

And the boss says it will be a huge game against the Honest Men tomorrow as three points is imperative.

He said: “It has kind of been a reverse the past couple of weeks losing at home as we hadn’t lost to another part-time club at home until Brechin two weeks ago.

“We have to get back to winning ways at home.

“It wasn’t to be on Wednesday but tomorrow is a game we need to win.”

The boss could be without Steven Doris for tomorrow’s clash after he had to be replaced during Wednesday night’s defeat to Alloa.

But the boss is hoping it is nothing too serious.

He added: “Steven said he was feeling his hamstring so we took him off for more a precautionary move than anything else.

“He might have to miss tomorrow but should be back for the Saturday after.”