With a quarter of the season gone, Arbroath boss Paul Sheerin says his side must improve their patchy form if they want to make the play-offs.
Saturday saw the Lichties face yet another 3-2 away defeat to Stranraer despite picking up a deserved three points the previous week against Forfar.
Tomorrow (Saturday) the Gayfield men go in against Airdrieonians, which will mark the first quarter of the campaign.
And with a place in the play-offs still firmly a target this season, the boss says there must be an improvement.
Mr Sheerin told HeraldSport: “This first quarter we have been really patchy and if we are to win tomorrow that would be four wins and five defeats, which shows we are not picking up enough points on the road.
“Going into the next part of the season, we will know what everybody is about and likewise everybody will know about us.
“But if we want to be in the play-offs at the end of the season, we have to improve on the points tally we have picked up this quarter.”
Airdrie come into tomorrow’s clash on the back of an impressive set of results that saw them pick up a 3-1 win against Brechin City on Saturday.
And the boss knows three points could put them back in among the contenders.
He added: “Airdrie have been on a decent run and if we get the win it can put us back up the right end of the table.
“We’ve been playing well lately so I have no concerns there but we’ve have been getting punished during periods where we slip up.
“We are hoping it is just one of those things.”
On Monday the draw for the Scottish Cup third round took place with the Lichties being handed a home tie against Angus rivals Brechin City.
The tie will take place on Saturday, November 2, and the boss is grateful for the home draw.
He added: “You always look for a home draw and with it being an Angus derby it makes it a bit more exciting.
“The cup can be beneficial as it gives a bit of light relief from the league and can prove to be a good distraction.
“A cup run in the Scottish would especially be nice as it was frustrating to leave the other two cup competitions so early.
“And if we get the right result hopefully we can be in the mix for the fourth round with some of the big guns.”
l Arbroath will be offering matchday hospitality for supporters at the Scottish Cup tie on November 2 against Brechin City.
Packages will be the usual price of £60 plus VAT.
Anybody wanting to book should contact the Gayfield office on 01241 872157 or Julie Harper on 07864195158.