Taking each game as it comes, says boss

Boss Paul Sheerin has been making sure his side stay positive ahead of tomorrow's clash with East Fife.
Boss Paul Sheerin has been making sure his side stay positive ahead of tomorrow's clash with East Fife.

The fire has been lit under the Lichties as they approach a potential six-pointer in the league tomorrow (Saturday).

After Brechin City ejected them from the William Hill Scottish Cup on Saturday, player-manager Paul Sheerin knows how important it is to keep heads up.

Speaking to HeraldSport on Wednesday Mr Sheerin said: “With three defeats in a row we know it’s not good enough, and that’s at any time in the season.

“But we have to keep things upbeat. You can hear the fans’ frustrations and that’s understandable. That’s football, but it’s been difficult for the players.

“It’s been upbeat at training on Monday and we need to keep it that way and hopefully it will be the same tonight (Wednesday).

“We’re already looking to Saturday which is a huge game potentially for us, whichever way you at it as we could either move up or down.”

Tomorrow they face East Fife who have had an equally mixed run and lie two points below them in the league, but Arbroath cannot afford to be complacent as the Methil men have already beaten them once this season.

Mr Sheerin said: “The league is even. It’s very, very even outwith the obvious ones. Rangers will run away with the league of course.

“But if you can get nine or 10 players performing at the highest level you’re going to have a chance to be winning as many games as you lose.”

He continued: “We have to try and win as many home games as we can which can give us a bit of leeway to pick up points on the road. But we have to start winning games at home or away and we’ll start that on Saturday and take each game as it comes.”

However, Mr Sheerin is confident that this time his side can avenge their 2-1 defeat at Bayview Stadium.

He said: “We lost a player early on and then they lost a player and we lost Cook through injury and that took us down to nine men.

“We never really got the chance to get at them albeit I thought we should have taken something away from that game. I know that if the players perform we can take all three points.”

In addition Arbroath are in fine health. He said: “We’ve obviously got the two long term injuries, Birse and Little. They’ve had their operations and they came through pretty well so they will be coming back to training and getting themselves fit again. Other than that we have a full squad.”

Tickets for the clash against Rangers are selling steadily but there are still some left.

These can purchased from the club office at Gayfield between 9.30 a.m. and 1 p.m., Monday to Friday.