Rus­sell des­per­ate to land Clan’s first vic­tory

Paisley Daily Express - - Theti Cket - Ice Hockey

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

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