Miller urges caution against Steeldogs
Telford Tigers forward Joe Miller has warned of a â€œdangerousâ€ Sheffield Steeldogs side, ahead of Saturdayâ€™s English Premier League encounter in Yorkshire.
The two teams meet in Telfordâ€™s only game of the weekend, with the Tigersâ€™ injury-ravaged squad set to enjoy a break from action on Sunday.
Sheffield are currently seventh in the EPL standings, five points adrift of sixth-placed Telford, having already taken string of high-profile scalps.
Miller, who celebrated scoring his 300thÂ EPL goal against Hull last weekend, believes the Steeldogs’ battled-hardened British line-up could provide the biggest threat.
He said: â€œI think Sheffield are very dangerous and this year theyâ€™ve surprised a few people, especially with how close they are to the leading pack.
â€œThey have a lot of hard-working British players who can win a game for them. Sheffield has never been an easy place to go, so we know what to expect.
â€œWeâ€™re still trying to chase down the leading teams and finish as high as we can. Itâ€™s one step at a time to get the two points and see where we finish in a few weeks.â€
A string of injuries to Telfordâ€™s senior players – as well as the absence of coach Tom Watkins on international duty – means Sundayâ€™s break will come as a welcome relief.
Miller added: â€œIf youâ€™re in the groove, and winning, then sometimes you donâ€™t want a break from action. But with the injuries weâ€™ve got at the movement, they boys will welcome the rest.
â€œI think having Sunday off will help the guys who are injured, or who are playing hurt.â€
That injury list could hand Telfordâ€™s younger players another chance to shine on Saturday, with GB defenceman Jonathan Weaver now also in the Tigers treatment room.
â€œHaving these injuries will give a few of the players who donâ€™t perhaps get as much ice time anÂ opportunityÂ this weekend,â€ Miller said.
â€œBut with the season weâ€™ve had, it wonâ€™t be anything new for them. Iâ€™ve never seen anything like it, with the amount of injuriesÂ there’s been inÂ this team.
â€œItâ€™s been a brutal year, so I donâ€™t think it will be a surprise for anyone getting extra ice time this weekend.â€
Saturdayâ€™s game, at Ice Sheffield, faces off at 7.30pm.