Sheerin demands a quick return to winning ways

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ARBROATH manager Paul Sheerin is hoping his side can bounce back as quickly as possible from the defeat at Albion Rovers on Saturday that ended their seven-game unbeaten run.

The Lichties have now slipped to second place in Division Two and tomorrow face Stenhousemuir, one of only two teams that have already inflicted defeat on the Gayfield men so far this season.

But Mr Sheerin is ready to show that the result at Albion Rovers was a minor blip and that his side can quickly return to winning ways.

The boss told HeraldSport: “After defeat the most important thing is rectifying it and bouncing back with a win as quickly as possible.

“Of course we wanted to continue our run on Saturday to keep up there and we were disappointed.

“But if we get the right result tomorrow then with a couple of points difference we could open a gap up over Stenhousemuir and get back to winning.”

The visitors to Gayfield tomorrow have also enjoyed a successful start to the season and sit in third place just behind the Lichties.

And being left to rue numerous missed chances at Cliftonhill, the manager is hoping this time that they will be taken.

He said: “We probably had about three or four clear-cut chances on Saturday but converting them and scoring goals has never been an issue with us.

“So we were disappointed we weren’t able to do that.

“But any other day we would have scored them so hopefully we can convert our chances tomorrow.

The only player set to definitely miss out on the clash at Gayfield tomorrow is Mr Sheerin himself who still has an injured knee.

The boss underwent surgery on the cartilage in his knee last Thursday and is already eyeing up a possible date of when he can return to action.

He explained: “Everything went fine with the surgery last Thursday and the cartilage was cleaned out and trimmed.

“I won’t be able to do anything until next week but then I will start by getting back in the swimming pool and then the bike to strengthen the leg again.

“I’m just desperate to get back and already have the Brechin game on December 3 pencilled in on when I want to return.

“If I could come back sooner than that it would be a huge bonus.”

Wednesday saw Arbroath handed their first tie in the Scottish Cup this season and they have drawn an away fixture with Highland League side Keith in the third round.

Since Mr Sheerin and his assistant Stewart Petrie took over the Gayfield hotseat in May 2010, they have yet to experience victory in a cup competition.

And despite the boss admitting he always looks for a home draw, he says he is pleased with the opponents they have been matched up against.

He added: “It isn’t a too bad draw for us, although it will be tricky because Keith play in a much better league than what some people league think.

“You can look at it one way as an excellent opportunity to progress or one the other hand something that could turn out to be a banana skin.

“A cup run is something me and Stewart (Petrie) would love to have as if we get through this round there’s a chance we could get one of the big boys in the next stage.

“It would also be hugely beneficial for the club but we have to make sure we get through this round to give ourselves that opportunity.”