Players must respond says boss as Lichties stay bottom

Paul Sheerin, in action against Forfar, has called for his players to stand up and be counted.
Paul Sheerin, in action against Forfar, has called for his players to stand up and be counted.

Arbroath manager Paul Sheerin is calling for his side to stand up and be counted after yet another league defeat at Dunfermline on Tuesday night.

The Pars had suffered a shock defeat in this fixture earlier this season but there was no likelihood of the upset being repeated.

And afterwards Arbroath manager Paul Sheerin criticised his players for showing a lack of fighting spirit.

He said: “I thought Dunfermline were very comfortable. The second goal just absolutely kills us and you can see that. I don’t think we respond well enough to that.

“The players have been excellent even though we’ve not been picking up points, they’ve had a real heart and a real desire but I can’t say that tonight unfortunately. We need now big hearts and people who are going to stand up and be counted.”

The conditions were blustery and there was little action early on warm up the crowd. However, Dunfermline had the upper hand and a Josh Falkingham shot was well struck but too close to the keeper.

As Pars took a grip of proceedings it came as no surprise when they went in front through a screamer by Stephen HUSBAND on 26 minutes.

A corner from the left from Ross Millen was punched out by ‘keeper Sandy Wood but fell perfectly for the Pars midfielder lurking on the edge of the penalty area and he smashed it into the top corner.

The home side tried to add to their advantage but Shankland’s header then Forbes’ long range shot were off target.

Arbroath had the chance to equalise on the stroke of half-time but Ryan Scully saved from Leighton McIntosh who was sent through on goal.

Half time: Dunfermline 1, Arbroath 0.

In the second half it was a one-sided affair and Pars went two up in 57 minutes when the Arbroath defence failed to clear a Josh Falkingham cross and Ross FORBES blasted high into the net.

Forbes had a part in the third goal in 69 minutes when he crossed from the left and FALKINGHAM slid in at the back post to finish it off and put Pars in complete control and leave the Lichties rooted at the bottom of the table.

Dunfermline: Scully, Millen (Williamson 55) Grainger, Page, Morris, Geggan, El Bakhtaoui (Dargo 77) Husband, Shankland, Falkingham and Forbes (Byrne 72).Not used: Thomson, Martin, Whittle and Goodfellow. Booked: Millen. Sent off: None.

Arbroath: Wood 6, Little 5, Hamilton 5, Nicoll 7, Travis 6, Keddie 5, Linn 6, Chisholm 5, McIntosh 6 (Deuchar 3 70) Cook 5 (McManus 3 54) and Scott 4 (Banjo 4 54). Not used: Sheerin, Robertson, Yao and Wilson. Booked: Travis, Hamilton and Nicoll. Attendance: 1,983. Referee: Andrew Dallas.