Arbroath will find form again

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LICHTIE’S manager Paul Sheerin is confident his side can return to winning ways by building on their performance against Stenhousemuir.

Although the Maroons drew 2-2 with Stenny at Ochilview Park the gaffer was pleased with how his players conducted themselves.

Mr Sheerin said: “Our response to their second goal was excellent and we went on to create a couple of chances.

“They were able to create a couple of chances of their own which is to be expected of the home side but overall I thought it was a decent performance.”

To combat the conditions at Ochilview Park the player-manager changed his tactics and was pleased with the result.

He said: “We did really well actually. We were a bit more disciplined and we changed our shape with just one up front.

“I’ve had my fingers burnt before with big pitches. I thought we were decent but the only problem was with only one up front we took away some of our attacking powers.

“It was also basically to see how we could look away from home in that formation.”

However, although Arbroath continued to lose ground against league leaders Queen of the South, who took all three points against Alloa, Mr Sheerin is taking the long view.

He said: “If we could have picked up three points at the weekend it would have been ideal, especially in that game, but there’s still a whole lot of football to play.

“They’re a full time club and have proven to be favourites in the league, but it’s still a long way to go until the end of the season.”

And news that Brechin City manager Jim Weir has left the club could cause some complications for Arbroath on Saturday, who have often used the rivalry with their former manager to good effect.

Mr Sheerin said: “I think it’s something you often find when a manager leaves a club and the players respond to it and it’s perhaps too late really to help the manager.”

He added: “I just think they will have a point to prove to whoever is going to be in the job on Saturday, be it Andy Millen or Kevin McGowne.

“As a group the players have got a point to prove all over again. They’ll be desperate to do that when they play, and it’ll also be their way of saying goodbye to Jim [Weir].”

On top of that, the Arbroath v Brechin derbies are always highly charged affairs, especially at Gayfield.

Mr Sheerin went on: “At home it’s always a massive game at a derby and the Angus derby is another big game.

“When we’re playing at home we really need to be looking at getting three points.

“We didn’t do that against Forfar in our last home game and so we need to concentrate on getting back to winning ways.”