Sheerin targets four away points on the Lichties’ travels

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

ARBROATH manager Paul Sheerin is hoping four points from the next two league games will keep the Lichties in amongst it at the top of the Second Division.

His side travel to Stirling Albion tomorrow (Saturday), before an away tie to Keith in the Scottish Cup followed by a trip to Airdrie United the following week.

The Lichties are unbeaten at home but have suffered two defeats whilst on the road this season.

And the Gayfield boss hopes they can match their form at Gayfield by remaining unbeaten throughout their run of three away matches.

He told HeraldSport: “Any points we get away from home are a bonus but we just want to keep winning games at the minute.

“If we could get four out of our next two league games then it wouldn’t be too bad.

“We went through a spell where we only picked up two points from three games but we were still in amongst it.

“We’ve got a good gap over Stenhousemuir now so it was important to win on Saturday as our home form needs to be good.

“And we can’t grumble with the results we have had at Gayfield so far this season.”

Tomorrow’s opponents Stirling Albion are currently propping up Division Two at the moment and the Lichties have already recorded a 4-2 victory against the Binos this season.

But the boss warns his players they can’t become complacent.

He said: “They are going through a sticky spell at the moment but they have the right manager in Jocky Scott to lift them out of that position.

“They will be desperate to lift themselves off the bottom and to get back to winning ways.

“But I won’t be changing the shape of the team too much away from home.

“Our away form is much better than it was this time last season so we will be taking the positives.

“Stirling have a nice big pitch so hopefully we can get the ball down and pass it around and the goals will come.”

Mr Sheerin hopes to have a full squad of players to chose from apart from himself, as he is still recovering from knee surgery.

But the manager hopes it won’t be too long before he can join his players back out the pitch again.

He explained: “The recovery is going pretty well and I did a bit of running on the treadmill on Monday.

“It’s just a case of building up the strength and hopefully I will get to strike a few balls.

“I’m quietly confident though and I could be back slightly earlier than the December 3 target.”

Saturday’s action packed 4-3 thriller with Dumbarton was the Lichties’ last home game until Brechin City visit on December 3.

Despite being 3-0 up at half-time, Dumbarton pressed the Gayfield men to put them under real pressure in the second half.

But even though his side looked as though they had a convincing lead, Mr Sheerin admits his players never looked comfortable.

He added: “It was tough and being up at half-time you would expect to go on and win the game by four or five goals.

“But we didn’t look comfy and we weren’t defending as well as we have done recently.

“It was frustrating but the important thing is the three points.”

The second half also provided several controversial incidents for the referee to deal with but on reviewing footage from the game, the boss believes they were the right decisions.

He said: “It wasn’t a penalty to Dumbarton as Josh’s (Falkingham) hands were in a natural position, it wasn’t deliberate.

“I think the tackle that led to the red card was rash and Steven Doris’ goal was clearly over the line, but you have to understand Dumbarton’s frustrations.”