We need to be tighter at the back

Bobby Linn in action against Stenhousemuir on Saturday
Bobby Linn in action against Stenhousemuir on Saturday

Arbroath manager Paul Sheerin says the entire team has to take responsibility for defending after shipping nine goals in the last two games.

After the 5-1 defeat at Rangers two weeks ago, the Lichties went 4-3 down to Stenhousemuir on Saturday.

But despite displaying some good forward play, the boss is yet again looking at how to reduce the goals against count.

He told HeraldSport: “We are playing some good football and there are positives but we have to look at defending, especially of set-pieces.

“We’ve lost nine goals in two games, and even though five were at Ibrox it needs to improve.

“But it is not just the back four, we need to look at it as a whole team.”

Tomorrow (Saturday), the Lichties will go in search of the second home win of the campaign against local rivals Forfar.

The Angus neighbours have also had a mixed start to League One, and are a point behind the Gayfield men.

Mr Sheerin added: “I know I keep saying it but it will be tough especially with some old faces coming back to the club.

“They will be desperate to pick up points and overtake us much like we will be trying to do the same to them.

Preparation for tomorrow’s derby was also boosted by a 4-1 win against Carnoustie Panmure at Gayfield on Monday night in a bounce game.

Lari Yao was the star man netting a hat-trick with Alan Cook also getting his name on the scoresheet.

The manager said: “It was good to win a game in the right manner and it was good for Lari to get some goals so it was a good workout.

“Alex Keddie also came through 45 minutes, which is good news for him.

“Alan Cook came off after getting a knock on the ankle, but hopefully he will be fine for Saturday.”

The boss should have a full squad to chose from bar long term injury lay-off Ricky Little.

However, there will also be no Tony Bullock after the veteran ‘keeper and goalkeeping coach decided to leave the club after with being with the Lichties for just over a year.

The boss explained: “Tony has decided to hang up his gloves and also step down from his coaching role.

“He has been excellent for us.

“It is unfortunate that he is stepping down for personal reasons and is taking some time away from football.

“But I am sure we will see him back in football one day.

“It’s a bit of a double whammy because we’ve lost a coach and a ‘keeper

“But now we will look at bringing somebody in as a replacement and see what we can do.”