SWINDON WILDCATS: Nell talks down hat-trick heroics
5:30am Tuesday 14th January 2014 in By Ned Payne
MODEST Aaron Nell has deflected praise away from himself and towards his fellow Wildcats forwards after continuing his incredible scoring run at the weekend.
The 24-year-old scored his third consecutive home hat-trick in the 8-1 win over Sheffield Steeldogs on Saturday, meaning he has not failed to score a treble in games at the Link Centre since he rejoined Swindon on a two-way from Elite League Sheffield Steelers in December.
However, far from basking in his goalscoring achievements, Nell has talked up the contribution of the likes of Jonas Hoog and Floyd Taylor and says they have been vital to Swindon’s attacking prowess.
“Just one hat-trick would have been nice, but it’s been good,” said Nell, whose side travel to Telford tonight.
“For me it’s always really easy to play with Jonas as he makes really good plays and Floydy was excellent on Saturday.
“For someone that young to step in with me and Jonas, to do what he did and the fact he never stopped skating was great to see.”
Nell also gained two assists in Sunday’s 5-4 penalty shootout victory in Sheffield where Ryan Watt took centre stage after he converted the game-winner in sudden-death.
“Ry (head coach Ryan Aldridge) put us under a bit of pressure before the weekend and said we had to start playing like we can and I think we had two very different games,” said Nell.
“Saturday we worked really hard and they didn’t really give much back, but on Sunday they played a lot harder.
“We always knew they were going to come out flying after what we did to them on Saturday night, and we were down two goals but showed good character to keep it tight.
“We knew we had a long time to get back in the game and we did, and it was great.”
In spite of the four-point weekend just gone, Nell has urged for calm in the Wildcats camp and said excitement had to wait until Swindon gain two points in Telford this evening - if that is how events play out.
“We know we can’t get too excited,” said Nell.
“If we can get two points against Telford then we can get a bit excited because that would be a big six points for us.
“I know we’ve got games in hand and hopefully we will push up the league as we go.”