Rob Dowd backs Sheffield Steelers for good Cup run

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Rob Dowd thinks his Sheffield Steelers’ team mates have now learned to execute the coach’s game plan - and hopes that will lead them to silverware.

Steelers play Hull Stingrays in the Challenge Cup tomorrow - and if they win that and their next two Cup games this weekend, they will top the group and play the fourth seed from the other group in the quarter final.

Sheffield Steelers' coach Gerad Adams

Sheffield Steelers' coach Gerad Adams

But Dowd, out with a fractured wrist, knows they can’t take anything for granted against Hull. Referring to last Saturday’s win over Nottingham Panthers, he said: “The whole team is buying into the systems, everybody doing what they needed to do. We were solid all over the ice. It is still early season, everybody has been learning the systems and things are starting to click now and you can see that happening.”

Dowd, who hopes to be back in the side in a couple of weeks, admitted Hull had inflicted some nasty results on Sheffield in the past.

“It is always a good game with them, both teams are always well up for it. Obviously being close to each other, it’s a bit of a rivalry. They have upset us a couple of times and we are looking to not let that happen on Wednesday.”