We’re out to make amends says boss

Paul Sheerin is booked during Saturday's defeat to Brechin.
Paul Sheerin is booked during Saturday's defeat to Brechin.

The Arbroath players are desperate to put things right in their Scottish Cup tie tomorrow (Saturday), according to manager Paul Sheerin.

The Lichties went down to a disappointing derby day defeat away to Brechin on Saturday but welcome them to Gayfield tomorrow in a third round cup match.

And with the boss admitting Saturday’s performance was less than impressive, he says everybody is gunning for a place in the hat for the fourth round draw.

He told HeraldSport: “Saturday was really disappointing because that is probably as bad as we’ve been since the Montrose cup game earlier in the season and we let ourselves down.

“In the past few weeks when we haven’t picked up any points, we’ve still been able to take positives from our performance but there weren’t many to take from Saturday.

“We can’t grumble about decisions not going our way, we’ve just got to hold our hands up and say we were well beaten.

“But now we are looking forward and we want to prove that we are not as average as we were at the weekend.

“The players are desperate to put things right as are me, Stewart [Petrie] and Jim [Butter].”

The boss should have the majority of the squad available for the clash. However impressive loan star Lee Erwin is set to miss out at the request of his parent club Motherwell.

But even with top goal-getter Erwin not featuring, the boss has promised there will be other changes to the starting line-up.

He added: “With Lee, Motherwell have not allowed him to play, which is understandable.

“We should have a full squad to choose from apart from long term injuries such as Ricky Little and Connor Birse.

“Ricky was due to have his operation yesterday (Thursday) and Connor’s is on Monday so we are moving in the right direction.

“But we will be making changes. Lee is obviously a forced change but there would have been changes even if he was available.”

In the Lichties’ last meeting with Brechin City at Gayfield, Paul Sheerin’s men ran out 2-1 winners.

And the gaffer is hopeful this bodes well for his team.

He said: “We did reasonably well against them the last time at Gayfield so we know we are capable of picking up results against them.

“Obviously it is a different kind of pressure tomorrow as it is a one off game so you have to get the right result.

“And the most important thing is making sure we are in the hat for the draw next week so we will prepare as best we can.”