Millerâ€™s time for reckoning at Coventry play-offs
Tigers forward Joe Miller is refusing to look beyond Saturdayâ€™s semi-final battle with Peterborough Phantoms at the Coventry play-off tournament.
Telford are hot favourites to secure a place in Sundayâ€™s final, after beating Peterborough four times out of six during the regular season.
But with a capacity crowd at the Skydome on Saturday â€“ many of whom will be supporting â€˜anyone but Telfordâ€™ â€“ Miller is expecting a much tougher encounter.
He said: â€œOn Saturday, itâ€™s either your season goes on until the next day, or the summer begins there and then. We donâ€™t want to think about either of those options.
â€œWeâ€™ll go into the Peterborough game looking to win. That game is our priority at the moment, and weâ€™re not stressing about Sunday right now.
â€œOf course, Saturday is a big match, but nothing changes. We wonâ€™t play any differently to the way weâ€™ve done throughout the season. They guys will leave it all out on the ice. Weâ€™ve got 60 minutes to make the final.â€
Miller has been a winner at Coventry in the past, but is keen to improve on his record during the biggest weekend on the English Premier League calendar.
â€œI think it will be a great atmosphere and the whole weekend is a party for the fans,â€ he said.
â€œObviously for the players, it is a big weekend and hopefully I can improve on my record. Iâ€™ve played here three times and only won once, so I want to get another title under my belt.â€
Last weekendâ€™s quarter-final saw Telford gain plaudits for a mature performance against a physical Steeldogs outfit.
And Miller expects the momentum from those games to continue into Coventry.
He added: â€œWe got through the Sheffield play-off matches, but it was tough. They tried to rattle our cages a bit, but the fact that we didnâ€™t rise to anything will stand us in good stead for this weekend.
â€œAll the players are really excited and ready to go.â€