Sheerin confident

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ARBROATH manager Paul Sheerin is not worried by his side’s defensive credentials despite claiming a freak 7-5 victory against Elgin City on Saturday.

Even though the Lichties made their way into the second round of the Challenge Cup after the win, they leaked five goals and at half-time were 5-1 up.

But the boss believes this shouldn’t take away from a superb attacking performance which saw hat-tricks for Darren Gribben and Lee Sibanda as well as a goal for Steven Doris.

Mr Sheerin told HeraldSport: “Defensively it wasn’t ideal but it was a lack of concentration more than anything.

“It was a freak result because the defence was excellent against Dundee United last week.

“But it was great for Gribben on his debut to get a hat-trick, Sibanda got his hat-trick too and a Steven Doris goal so we had a lot of positives going forward.

“It was just a lack of concentration but we can rectify that.”

And the boss is hoping that can be done in time for tomorrow’s (Saturday) League Cup tie against Stirling Albion at Gayfield.

Last minute injury worries are Alex Keddie and Stuart Malcolm, who also missed out on Saturday.

The manager added: “Tomorrow is a bigger cup and it would be nice to get a run and maybe get one of the big guns in the next round.

“It will be tough against Stirling Albion because they’ve got a new management team and Greig (McDonald) has made a real difference.

“And with their relegation at the end of last season they will be wanting to show their worth.” With the competitive season now under way, the new faces at Gayfield are settling into the club.

And Mr Sheerin says there still might be more new signings to come.

He explained: “I have still got scope to bring in other players but obviously I’m not in as much of a hurry as I have been.

“I still think we need something different in the wide area. Somebody quite pacy and direct.

“And it might be a case of getting a loan signing but we will wait and see what comes up.”

One of the signings who has impressed is Keiran Brennan who caught the manager’s eye during trial games against Aberdeen and Keith.

The 21-year-old, who plays left-back is a product of the Celtic youth system and had been looking for a new club since a stint in Slovakia.

And despite only spending a short time at Gayfield so far, he knows it is the right move for him.

Keiran told HeraldSport: “It is an enjoyable club to be at and the football the gaffer wants to play suits my style of play.

“After being abroad I wanted to be at a club closer to home and after getting in touch with Arbroath I thought this would be a decent move for me.

“I was happy to play the two games as a trialist because if nothing else it would have been good to get some match fitness.

“But I thought I did well and was really happy to be back playing left-back.

“Now for me personally I want to play as many games as possible and work hard and look towards promotion.”

Brennan made his competitive debut on Saturday in the 7-5 victory against Elgin in the Challenge Cup and he too admits it was a freak result.

He explained: “It was an enjoyable game to play in despite the early start and in the first half we totally dominated.

“We just kept the ball and went in at half-time 5-1 up and looked really comfortable.

“But second half we took our foot off the pedal a bit.

“But we have learned our lesson now rather than at the end of the season.

“It should be a good spectacle in the next round against Forfar and hopefully we will get a decent crowd.

“But I think we have the strength to win it and get ourselves into the next stage.”

Tomorrow Keiran will make his debut in maroon at Gayfield in the League Cup tie against Stirling Albion.

And he says they will be going all out for a victory.

He added: “It will be my first competitive game at Gayfield and I can’t wait to get out there and get started.

“It would be great to get a cup run and maybe get an SPL team in the next round.”

The club has confirmed that the second round Challenge Cup tie against Forfar Athletic at Gayfield will take place on Tuesday, August 14, with a 7.45 p.m. kick-off.