Keefe – “No Excuses, We Need To Be Better”

Stena Line Belfast Giants Head Coach Adam Keefe has issued his team with the challenge of regaining the form that has seen the team reach the Challenge Cup final and compete at the top end of the Elite League all season long.

The Giants fell to the last placed Edinburgh Capitals on Saturday night and a frustrated Keefe gave his thoughts right after the defeat,

“It starts with me – I need to find a way to get our guys going,” said Keefe. “We are in a low spot right now obviously. There is no place to go except to go back to work. No excuses, we need to find our form again – especially in time for the Challenge Cup Final in a few weeks.”

The Head Coach recognised the need for a more clinical approach after bombarding the Edinburgh goal with 38 shots throughout the night with a return of only two goals.

“We controlled most of the game, as we should and their goalie played well – stopping 36 shots. You cannot expect to just show up and beat a team. You need to out-work them, get pucks to them, get bodies to them..you need to go through a wall and I think we did not have that killer instinct tonight. We need to be better – that is all there is to it.”

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The Giants will need to respond quickly with Milton Keynes Lightning making their first visit of the season to Belfast on Sunday. MK have already taken points from the Giants this season, winning 6-3 back in September, and the Belfast side know a win is a must if they are to keep up a title challenge on the Cardiff Devils who lie nine points ahead.

“MK are a team that has struggled recently with injuries. They have gotten some of those bodies back and they have quality players in that lineup. We need to expect a battle and they will be hungry to win in Belfast.”

Sunday’s game starts at 4pm at The SSE Arena and tickets are on sale online with Ticketmaster or by from the Arena Box Office in person or by calling (028) 9073 9074.

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