Russell desperate to land Clan’s first victory
Clan head coach Pete Russell insists his side are looking forward to two tough fixtures this weekend.
Russell is yet to record a competitive victory since taking the reins from John Tripp in the summer.
However, he says he is looking forward to getting back in the coaches’ box as Clan prepare to take on Belfast Giants and Manchester Storm this weekend.
Russell said: “They are two very different challenges, but two challenges that we are looking forward to.
“We will have to be at our very best to bring some points back.
“Our discipline will have to be better and our performance will have to be assured and solid.
“We must be ready to compete for 120 minutes with or without the puck. On the road it’s about staying in games and taking chances when we get them.
“Last weekend we had many positives but we all know overall that we have to be better on the road to get the results we all want.
“I was blown away by the numbers of the travelling Purple Army.
“They were fantastic and we will do everything in our power to give the guys something to cheer about and make the journeys enjoyable experiences.”
Despite failing to win in last weekend’s outings against Dundee Stars and Fife Flyers, Russell revealed he was keen to take the positives from the displays.
However, he admits his side will have to quickly learn from the experience as they look to get some wins on the board.
Russell added: “Yes there were positives and negatives from the weekend but it would have been way sweeter to come back with more than one point. It’s early and we know we have things to work on, but we have a great group of guys who will continue to work hard to find there best games and our team will continue to further develop our systems in all areas.
“As everyone knows, there will be no easy nights in this league and especially on the road.
“We have had a week to recover from the weekend and to work hard on the ice. We’ve also worked hard off the ice and reviewed our performances in detail.”
Hard work Pete Russell. Pic: Al Goold