Sheerin wants consistency

The players celebrate after Lee Sibanda's goal in the 3-0 win over Forfar Athletic on Saturday
The players celebrate after Lee Sibanda's goal in the 3-0 win over Forfar Athletic on Saturday

Arbroath boss Paul Sheerin is asking for more of the same as his team head to Stranraer on the back of an impressive derby win.

The Lichties were convincing 3-0 winners after overcoming Forfar Athletic on Saturday and tomorrow (Saturday) make the long trip to Stair Park.

And with consistency the aim, the boss is calling on another good performance to take the three points.

He told HeraldSport: “I think we needed the win on Saturday and it will certainly be good for our confidence.

“But Stranraer is never an easy place to go with all of the travelling so we know it will be tough.

“But now it is all about building on Saturday’s win and our aim is to get two or three good wins in a row now.

“They have quite a good squad and have enhanced it in the summer and they usually have good home form.

“So we need to prepare mentally, too, and hopefully produce a similar performance to that of the second half of last week.”

Long term injury lay-off Ricky Little will miss the trip west and it is doubtful Graham Bayne will feature after twisting his ankle in training on Monday night.

It was also revealed on Saturday that Lee Erwin has had his loan from Motherwell extended by another month.

However, one man who will be with the Lichties for his first match since his appointment is new goalkeeping coach Jim Butter.

He comes in to replace Tony Bullock who left the club last week and Mr Sheerin is pleased to have a new coach on board so soon.

He explained: “Jim has a wealth of experience and was recently with Lochee United.

“He was in the team when I made my debut for Alloa and I know how hard working he is.

“We drew up a shortlist of people we wanted to bring in and Jim was top.

“So we are delighted to have it sorted out so soon.”

And Jim will be hoping to build on Saturday’s first clean sheet of the season tomorrow after the Lichties shipped nine goals in their previous two games.

And the boss singled out veteran defender Alex Keddie for praise after a solid defensive performance.

He explained: “With Jasper [Keddie] coming back into the team after his injury, you could see the calming influence he added to the back four, who only have an average age of 20.

“So hopefully he can keep fit and consistent.

“It would be ideal to get another clean sheet.

“But we have been exciting going forward too and that is something I wanted to improve on from last year.”