Relax - and finish the job

Last updated : 01 May 2010 By Fargone

relaxNo point in letting nerves takes over.  This heroic squad has proved they have the capability and the guts to get a result - we need the fans to hold YOUR nerve and get behind them.  We could do with some luck too

From the Courier:  At the end of a torrid season, which has seen the departure of former fans’ favourite John McGlashan as manager and much coming and going of playing staff under the new regime, Arbroath have strung together a series of 11th-hour results to give themselves a chance of avoiding the drop.

Manager Jim Weir said, “We have done a terrific job in clawing our way back from a position where, at one time, the gap looked too great.

“All the credit for that achievement must go to a squad of players which has been permanently depleted and now we have to go out and do it one more time to secure our place in the second division next season.”

batteredOf his bruised and battered squad—some of whom have been putting off much-needed surgery to play their part in the crucial end-of-season run-in games, Weir said, “I suppose the best that can be said is that we are no worse off than we were last week and that Phil McGuire might be able to play.

“Steven Hislop and Bryan Scott desperately want to play but, realistically, they’re just not fit.

“It says all you need to know about this bunch of players that they have been well up for every game and have got the results we needed to give ourselves this chance.

“Even after beating Dumbarton 2-0 last weekend there were no great celebrations because they all knew there was still a massive job to do. “We are not even thinking about it being OK if we get a draw and so-and-so gets beaten.

“I have always made it clear that we can never rely on other teams doing us a favour and our focus is on going out to take three points off East Fife.”