Top spot the reward for three points at Central Park

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ARBROATH manager Paul Sheerin says it would be unbelievable if the Lichties go to Cowdenbeath tomorrow (Saturday) and take all three points.

For weeks now the Gayfield men and the Blue Brazil have been neck and neck at the top of the table with the Fife side edging the race with a better goal difference.

The winner of the crunch clash will go three points clear at the top, which could provide a turning point for their season.

In the earlier meeting at Gayfield the two sides played out a goalless draw and the boss says it is a game they definitely do not want to lose.

He told HeraldSport: “It is a massive game and one we can’t afford to lose.

“We had to settle for a point the last time, but if we could go there and win it would be unbelievable.

“A victory would be a mental boost for us because it shows we can set our marker down and go there and take three points and it would be massive in terms of the league table.

“Without being disrespectful I think Cowdenbeath have been the best team to play at Gayfield so far this season.”

However, with both the Lichties and tomorrow’s opponents drawing on Saturday, another team is starting to slowly close the gap at the top.

Mr Sheerin added: “The only winners the past couple of weeks have been Stenhousemuir.

“They have had a couple of good results and I’m sure they will be looking for us to draw again on Saturday.”

The boss may be forced into making a couple of changes from the team that drew against Brechin on Saturday as several players have been struggling with illness.

Beau Busch is one of them and the manager has also ruled himself out of playing tomorrow.

On Saturday a last minute goal by local rivals Brechin held Arbroath to their second consecutive draw.

But despite still maintaining their unbeaten record, the boss still sees it as four points dropped.

He explained: “Maybe they deserved a point overall but for us we pegged them in for half an hour so it is disappointing.

“Maybe I was wrong to change things around and I battered myself for it but we do make mistakes and we have to learn from them.”

And in only his second season as a manager, Mr Sheerin admits the job is still a learning curve.

He added: “All the time I am still learning and I’m still reasonably young in this job.

“I did think about it a lot on Saturday night and Sunday morning but there is little we can do about it now.

“We still managed to pick up a point and are hanging on the coat tails of Cowdenbeath.

“Yes we could have had a four-point cushion but we are still in a really good position and that’s in the past and we look forward to the future.”

With 2011 coming to a close attention will start to turn towards the January transfer window.

And even though its early days, the boss isn’t expecting too many changes.

He said: “I don’t think there will be a lot of changes.

“Obviously last year I brought in Lee Sibanda and Adam Strachan in January which was perfect at the time.

“But at the moment I think its too early to say, although strengthening the squad is something I would love to do.”