SWINDON WILDCATS: Aldridge happy to bore fans if it means victory
5:30am Friday 17th January 2014 in By Ned Payne
HEAD coach Ryan Aldridge is more than happy for Swindon Wildcats to bore spectators when they take on Milton Keynes tomorrow, as long as they have two points to take home at the end of it.
Wildcats are targeting their fourth straight win when they face Nick Poole’s men at SkyDome Arena in Coventry, who they have failed to beat in three previous meetings in 2013/14.
And Aldridge revealed he is content to continue with a tactical philosophy that served his team well in the 2-1 victory over Telford on Tuesday, a defensive-orientated effort focused on finishing limited chances.
“If we play a boring game in Coventry then we’ve probably done our jobs,” said Aldridge.
“We know we have to commit to defence when we are on the road and I want us to be defensively as we were in Telford the other night, and take our chances when they come.
“Telford’s offence is so good now and we had to go in there and play a smart game. We protected Stevie (Lyle) well and they had a lot of shots from the outside and that’s the way we have to play on those big ice pads.
“Coventry is a big pad and until we made our changes, those probably suited us a bit more and we played better away than we did at home.
“Now we’ve brought in Aaron (Nell) and Jan (Kostal), we can’t start going really aggressive on the forecheck because it will end up hurting us. It’s going to be a tough weekend but it’s a weekend we can get points out of.”
On Sunday, Swindon return to the Link Centre to meet a Guildford side that currently leads the EPL and has a wealth of talent in its ranks.
The Flames are another team that Swindon have failed to beat in three attempts this season but Aldridge hopes that home advantage can help his troops take the win.
“Guildford are one of the biggest teams in the league and although they have had a lot of injuries, they are a solid team,” he said.
“They are hard to beat, but being at home gives us a good chance.”
The head injury of Sam Smith was due to be assessed last night with the forward hoping he can return for this weekend’s fixtures. Otherwise, the line-up is unchanged.