Arbroath manager Todd Lumsden is not getting caught up in the excitement surrounding a possible visit to Ibrox to face Rangers in the next round of the William Hill Scottish Cup, as all he is thinking about is beating Cowdenbeath in today’s replay.
Lumsden said: “We know that the Rangers game is there but we have to think only about Cowdenbeath and giving them the respect that they deserve. There is an incentive but that is all it is. The players have to be focused on this game and we cannot talk about Rangers.
“Come quarter to five that incentive may not be there if we do not go about things correctly.”
There are no feelings of having let things slip at Cowdenbeath after Mark Whatley’s goal was cancelled out by Cowdenbeath’s Craig Johnston.
On the contrary, Lumsden is hoping that last week’s performance against a side that are a league above will encourage his men.
Lumsden explained: “We could have won the game based on the chances that we had and hopefully having come close before will motivate the players.
“The game was played in horrendous conditions as at one time the snow and the sleet was coming in horizontally but our performance level after a strong showing at Annan in the league the week before was good. We played well and created a lot of chances. Hopefully we will keep that going.
“Cowdenbeath were a very dangerous side as they chased an equaliser and we need to be on our toes. They have good players and were at their best in the last half of the game. They showed their quality in that period and we are preparing to face that level of test throughout. If we can match that then we can win.”
Craig Johnstone, Sergio Alvarez and Kieran Stewart are all out injured.