SWINDON WILDCATS: Aldridge wants front-line players to improve
6:00am Saturday 22nd September 2012 in By Andy Warren, Deputy sports editor, firstname.lastname@example.org, @AndyWarren_
SWINDON Wildcats head coach Ryan Aldridge wants to see a lot more from his front-line players after their disappointing 7-3 home loss to Slough Jets last night.
The home side looked off the pace in the opening period before improving in the second session, but they allowed Slough to get away from them in the final period as they fell to their third straight defeat.
Aldridge was not happy with the way his top-end players went about things against the Jets at the Link Centre, and was expecting them to put in more of a challenge in the final period.
“The first period wasn’t great but I thought the guys were going to step-up, but they didn’t and it wasn’t to be,” he said.
“Although we were better in the second we played like a perimeter hockey team all night, and you are not going to score against their goalie if you shoot from out wide.
“I thought the third line did well again, and I suppose it was tough on them because they had less ice time while we were trying to crawl back into the game after the top-end guys had let them down in the first place.
“It is simple, they need to bring more and do what is asked of them, or the worst happens.
“But I believe it is in that room, and I am confident we can turn things round, but if we are going to do it everyone needs to show up and the guys can’t take a night off.”
Wildcats now travel to Peterborough Phantoms tomorrow night as their search for a win continues, and Aldridge insisted his side need to make a quick improvement if they are to come away with anything.
“We want to get back on the ice because we want to put things right, but Peterborough is a tough building to play in,” he said.
“With how we have played in the last few games we need to be prepared to get our noses dirty if we want to win.”