Lyle urges Cats to come together
GOALTENDER Stevie Lyle has admitted that Swindon Wildcats must gel quickly if they are to fulfil their potential in the EPL this season.
Wildcats, who face a double-header against Bracknell this weekend, are fourth in the table following their opening eight games and the Welshman feels that if the Link Centre side are to climb higher then they must come together as soon as possible.
A dominant Manchester outfit are at the summit of the standings and while Lyle acknowledges the ability in Tony Hand’s side, he pointed out that the teamwork of the Phoenix was a key part in their success, adding that Swindon could learn lessons from this approach.
“We’re playing some good periods and some bad periods, but I’d like to think we’d take all four points this weekend providing everyone’s healthy and ready,” said Lyle.
“I think for us it’s about finding the right lines and without naming names we need to get one or two of the boys going that are underachieving and they know that.
“We’ve had an OK start but we’re a better team than that and it’s not other teams that are beating us, we’re beating ourselves, and that goes back to the Manchester and Guildford games.
“I expect us to win every game and we’ve got to get that mentality in our locker room. Winning or losing is contagious and we’ve got to make sure we’re on the winning side of every weekend.
“The likes of Manchester are an impressive team and are beating teams by 11 and 12 goals, they have got skill and the work rate but it’s also down to the fact they are gelling faster.
“Every team’s different and who’s to say that we won’t be that team this month or next month? But at some point we need to stop talking about it and start doing it.”
Bracknell have endured a rocky start to the EPL season under new owners Precision Sports Marketing, winning just two of their opening eight games.
A matter of days ago, head coach Gareth Cox pledged his future to the club following rumours he was to quit the hotseat.
Lyle admitted he expected Bracknell to have picked up more wins at this stage, but said that an improvement could be in the offing.
“Going back to the summer, I thought they were going to be a stronger team than they have shown so far, although I’m not saying they aren’t going to be that,” said Lyle.
“Once you have a couple of losses people start pointing the finger, but they have got a couple of new players and maybe it’s just a case of finding their feet and finding out what lines work.
“I think a lot of people are surprised with how they have started, but they have got time to turn things round.”
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