Richardson says Swindon Wildcats won't get carried away with their fine form (From This Is Wiltshire)
Richardson says Swindon Wildcats won't get carried away with their fine form
5:30am Wednesday 19th March 2014 in By Michael Reeves, Deputy sports editor
LEE Richardson believes that Swindon Wildcats cannot get too carried away with their current form with the play-offs on the horizon.
The 31-year-old, who scored his first goal of the campaign in the 1-0 win at Bracknell Bees on Sunday, says that confidence is sky high within the Link Centre side.
But with a tricky trip to Sheffield Steeldogs tonight, the defender is keen to ensure that Cats maintain their work ethic.
“We can’t get too over the top,” Richardson said. “We have to remember that these wins have come from us working hard, sticking to the system and working for each other. We are all playing well, but we can’t start thinking that we are better than we are.”
Cats are one of the form teams in the EPL in recent weeks having won their last four games, with the final three all being shut outs.
However, prior to this fine run, Swindon have struggled for consistency and Richardson is at loss to why Cats have turned their form around.
“We knew that we had a good solid team,” he said. “We just needed to find how we played as team and we have done that now.
“The confidence is there and it shows. If you are losing a few games everyone tends to get frustrated and tries to do too much, but when you are winning it just breeds confidence.
“But I’d rather be getting wins at this time of the season rather than losses that is for sure.”
With the trip to Sheffield followed by games with Basingstoke Bison and Slough Jets to end the regular campaign, the former Great Britain Under 20s international says that Cats’ form away from the Link Centre in the last two weeks will be massive going into the play-offs.
“The last four games have been really pleasing,” Richardson said.
“Everyone has played well, they have battled hard and done their job - we are reaping those rewards for doing our jobs playing simple.
“The most important thing now is that we try and keep this good spirit going. It has been nice to get three of those wins on the road too. Since Christmas we have only dropped three points at home and our away form wasn’t that great.
“We are now starting to show some good away form which is going to be massive for the play-offs.”
Richardson also paid tribute to star netminder Stevie Lyle after the Welshman secured his third shut out in the a row at The Hive on Sunday.
“I get to beat him quite a lot,” Richardson joked about taking on Lyle, who has now gone more than 200 minutes without conceding in a match, in training.
“He does what he does and he is very relaxed about it, we are just happy to have him in the team. He just shows why he is the best goalie in the league.”