Warriors aim to capitalise on Arbroath comedown

John Gemmell has been a prolific scorer this season for Stenhousemuir but will miss Saturday's match with Arbroath.
John Gemmell has been a prolific scorer this season for Stenhousemuir but will miss Saturday's match with Arbroath.
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Last Saturday a Second Division team made headlines after grabbing a shock result in the Scottish Cup.

Sadly for Warriors fans, it was Arbroath grabbing a last-gasp equaliser against Celtic that was the story of the fourth round.

Stenhousemuir played well but ultimately couldn’t score against Falkirk in their own cup clash.

Now Stenny must ready themselves for a trip to play the team that left Celtic fans stunned at Parkhead.

The Rid Lichties will be buzzing after securing themselves a replay against the SPL leaders, but that could be a positive for the Warriors, according to assistant boss Kevin McGoldrick.

“Our worst performance of the season so far was the game after we had beaten Kilmarnock,” he said.

“We were on a high and were then brought back down to reality with a crash against Forfar three days later.

“It’s our job to make things for Arbroath as uncomfortable as possible. With no disrespect to ourselves or anyone else in the division, it will be a huge comedown for them to come away from Celtic Park to then play us at home.”

Despite losing 1-0 to local rivals Falkirk, McGoldrick insists the Warriors performance was a good one and an improvement on recent displays.

The challenge is now to ensure that improvement is carried on to the league.

“We are four points off second bottom and four points away from third place. We need to go on a winning run if we are to move up the table,” he said.

“Losing a game, then managing a draw, is not going to help. We need to start getting the three points.”

That task is made slightly easier by the return to full fitness of several key players, including Scott Buist, who was in impressive form against Falkirk.

Eric Paton, who has suffered several lay-offs in the past year, is close to full fitness as well.

“Eric, on his day, is perhaps the best player in the division,” said McGoldrick.

“In the past we’ve maybe been guilty of rushing him back into the team, which has not helped his long term fitness.”

One player who will not feature at Gayfield on Saturday is John Gemmell.

The big striker is still out through injury and is expected to be at least another three weeks away from fitness.