Sheerin wants more of the same

Paul Sheerin in action against Dunfermline on Saturday.
Paul Sheerin in action against Dunfermline on Saturday.

After Saturday’s win away to Dunfermline Arbroath boss Paul Sheerin says his players have now set the standard for the rest of the season.

After three disappointing defeats at the start of the competitive campaign, the Lichties picked up three points on their trip to East End Park.

And Mr Sheerin is now pleased his side now have points on the board.

He told HeraldSport: “The win was great for everyone on Saturday, especially the players as I thought we lacked some belief in previous games which was frustrating.

“But to pull it back from 2-1 down, especially away from home, was pleasing.

“But we have set the standard now and showed what we can produce so now we need to be producing that every week.”

And the boss will be hoping to build on Saturday’s win tomorrow (Saturday) when the Lichties make the trip to East Fife.

The Methil side are yet to taste victory so far this season, but according to the boss, his players shouldn’t be complacent.

He explained: “They made a lot of changes to players and management so they will be wanting a good result.

“I will probably say this week after week but it will be difficult as there are no easy games in this league.

“But hopefully we will have the belief to get another three points on the board.”

However, the boss could be without Graham Bayne, who is rated 50/50, Alex Keddie and Connor Birse, who are both injured.

Ricky Little will also miss out and will be a long term injury lay-off as the broken foot he sustained against Stenhousemuir is failing to heal properly.

The boss says he is still on the lookout for new players, in particular now a defender, but he has also been encouraged by several youth players stepping up to the plate.

These include 17-year-old Chris Scott who was given an unexpected starting jersey on Saturday.

Mr Sheerin said: “I decided to freshen the team up and I took a bit of a gamble with Chris Scott.

“But several youngsters were wanting to take their chance during pre-season.

“When I came to the club encouraging the youth team was important and now we are starting to see that.

“We’ve got players like Chris, Pat Martin and Connor Birse, who are pushing for the first team on a regular basis.”

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