Arbroath boss Allan Moore knows his side need to stop leaking goals if they are to stand any chance tomorrow against SPFL Premiership side Hamilton in the first round of the League Cup.
The Lichties’ manager has boosted his squad with the arrival of defender Ross Fisher and midfielder Kieran Stewart and hopes to add further faces before their SPFL League Two campaign starts next week away to Berwick Rangers.
Tomorrow, however, it’s the cup and the tough trip to Lanarkshire to take on Accies, who will give the leaky Lichties defence a serious test.
Moore said: “We know where our problems lie and that’s keeping the ball out the net.
“We know we are a bit short in numbers so bringing in Ross and Kieran will help us out and give us a bit more strength in depth.
“I don’t want to read too much into last week’s result, to be honest. We were disappointed at the result and the way the game panned out.
“We are playing a team three leagues above us after playing a team last week two divisions above us so we need to be a bit more realistic.
“I thought we did okay last week in the first half but we are losing goals too easily and need to defend better as a team all over the park, not just our backline.
“Training has gone well this week and I’m confident we can get it right on the park sooner rather than later.
“It’s about having competition for places throughout the team and I’m hopeful of getting that before too long.
“Hamilton will be a huge test for us but one we are certainly looking forward to on Saturday.”
Meanwhile, the Scottish Premier League will be coming to Gayfield this season.
Arbroath have agreed a deal with Dundee to stage their development squad under-20 games, the first of which will take place on Tuesday night.
Chairman John Christison told the Herald: “Dundee will play 16 games of which we can accommodate 12. This will be a great tie up for the club and continues a good relationship the clubs have.”
Christison added that Celtic, Dundee United and Rangers all play in the league and some big names be on show. “Each team play five over-age players, so there is a chance that fringe players or those coming back from injury could be involved,” he added.
In a change to the rules, players on loan can play in the under-20 development league for their parent club as well as the club they are loaned out to.
Entry to the games is £2, with under-16s and Dundee season ticket holders free.