Sheerin demands a derby win after three draws on spin

Paul Sheerin Arbroath Fotball Club manager.
Paul Sheerin Arbroath Fotball Club manager.

ARBROATH manager Paul Sheerin is calling on the Lichties not to lose any ground and take all three points from tomorrow’s (Saturday) local derby against Forfar at Gayfield.

Despite the side remaining unbeaten since last month, over the past three weeks they have only managed to take three points from a possible nine.

Luckily, the Lichties have still been able to remain joint top with Cowdenbeath as the Fife side have also picked up similar results.

And with the Gayfield men clashing with the Station Park side tomorrow in an Angus derby, the manager is demanding a return to winning ways.

He told HeraldSport: “Teams will start to lose ground and when you are not picking up wins as that is what happens.

“We’ve had two hard away games and managed to pick up a point at each, so that is encouraging.

“But to draw with Brechin at home was a kick in the teeth.

“You can get in a really good position but if you keep dropping points you will slide down.

“People seem to forget we are the newly promoted team in this division but I think the only reason we are where we are is down to the players and it is a testament to them.”

“We have to get back to winning and getting three points tomorrow will definitely be beneficial.”

Tomorrow’s opponents, Forfar, have had a mixed bag of results recently, which has left them in ninth position in the table.

Earlier in the season the Lichties could only muster a draw with their local rivals at Station Park, and even though they are now near the bottom of the table, the boss warns it will still be tough.

He added: “We were fortunate to get a draw when we played them earlier in the season.

“We will definitely have to be at our best if we want to get something from the game.

“There should be a good derby atmosphere similar to the Brechin game so it will be a big game for us but we want to keep our home form going and get three points.”

Beau Busch will come back into contention after missing the trip to Cowdenbeath on Saturday with a bad back.

The manager will make a late decision about himself as his recovery from surgery is taking longer than expected.

He explained: “I’ve got a little niggling tweak in my calf which could be through me overcompensating with my knee.

“I will just have to see if there is a reaction when I play again and if there is there might be an underlying cause.

“I have just rested since the Brechin game but hopefully I can be considered for tomorrow.”

This meant Mr Sheerin was unable to play any part in the goalless draw at Cowdenbeath on Saturday, which he believes his side dominated.

He said: “I think we deserved to win as we hemmed them in for a huge chunk of the game.

“There is a slight frustration we couldn’t score but I couldn’t ask for much more from the players.

“They haven’t looked themselves over the past few weeks without being miles off the mark.

“But it was good to see on Saturday them really pressing and getting the ball in the right areas, so hopefully that will continue.”