Dick Campbell is keeping title-chasing Lichties grounded with eight games to go

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Dick Campbell was thrilled to see Arbroath close the gap on League Two title rivals Forfar Athletic to just three points on Saturday.

But the Lichties gaffer won’t be getting carried away anytime soon, nor will he be letting his players think they’ve got the title in the bag.

Campbell has been around the block a few times and knows how to manage this period in a season, with the final eight games of the campaign sure to provide a superb finale to a championship race that looked done and dusted but a month ago.

Arbroath went 11 points behind the Loons following a 1-0 defeat at Gayfield to the leaders on February 4, but Dick was calm after that result as well.

And while the Lichties now know that winning their eight remaining fixtures will earn them the title, their manager was keen to stress that eight games is a long time in football.

Dick said: “We’re into the last quarter now and it’s been a great day for Arbroath with Forfar and Elgin getting beat.

“I’m far too experienced to get caught up in all of this, there’s 24 points to play for.

“We’ve always had a good dressing room, I’ve got a great dressing room. I love my players. But I’m not getting carried away at all.

“It’s going to be an interesting eight weeks, it won’t be silky soccer but it’s about getting points on the board.”

Saturday’s win over Clyde was a battling one but certainly a deserved victory for an Arbroath team who couldn’t quite kill off the Bully Wee with a second goal.

Dick was delighted to see the game out at 1-0 because he knew the dangers posed by Clyde’s vast experience.

He added: “I thought we deserved to win the game with the chances we’ve created, I don’t think there’s any doubt about that. But the game is never finished at 1-0 and that was my worry.

Clyde are packed with experience, particularly in the front part of the pitch. But I did think we had enough chances to win the game more convincingly than we did.

“We’ve not lost a goal as well which is important. I’m happy for all of my players, they’re very happy because it was never going to be an easy game.

“It’s the last quarter of the season, it’s about points not performances. The pitch was bumpy - we train on astroturf and we pass the ball around beautifully, out there the passing let us down a bit.

“They’re all good players, good types. I don’t put up with players that won’t give 100 per cent for the cause.”

The Lichties travel south to face Berwick Rangers this Saturday.