David Irons is describing Stenhousemuir’s derby day clash with Alloa on Saturday as a “do-or-die battle” as the Warriors aim to avoid the relegation play-off spot.
A victory for the Ochilview men would take them to within a point of Second Division safety with two matches of the season to play and heap the pressure on Allan Maitland’s Wasps.
Irons says the situation is a straightforward one and that should leave his players in no doubt of what is required to save them from the possibility of relegation to the bottom tier.
“Our draw at East Fife sets up a do-or-die battle,” he said. “We simply have to win. No other scenario would do us much good and if we were to get the points then it would put the spotlight on Alloa.
“It would leave us a point behind them with two games to play. Our last game is away at Peterhead and you would hope by the time we go there they are already down and have nothing to play for.
“Our other game is against Brechin who are under pressure to maintain their promotion play-off chances, so that will be an interesting encounter as well.”
But these games may be less meaningful if the Warriors don’t take the points at Recreation Park. Irons is hoping his players can cope with the pressure being heaped on them and take advantage.
“I am not sure if concentrating everything on the result is going to help,” he said. “What you have to do, I think, is get the players to focus on playing their natural game and let the result take care of itself.”