Sheffield Steeldogs ‘just not good enough’

Greg Wood in action
Greg Wood in action
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Sheffield Steeldogs are not making any excuses after two heavy English Premier League defeats.

Andre Payette’s team stumbled from an 11-1 midweek thrashing at Guildford Flames to Saturday’s 8-2 home loss to league leaders Telford Tigers.

Dogs lie fifth in the League and cannot match the spending power of these two rivals. But forward Greg Wood commented: “We can’t take many positives from these two games. It’s just not good enough, we know that.

“We can make excuses about them being the two biggest budget teams but we are not on a level playing field unfortunately and we have to find ways to get the job done. We’ve held Telford close in one of the games so far and there is no reason why we can’t do it again”.

Andy Hirst added: “I think for large parts of the Tigers game we played decently. Telford are maybe the best team I’ve ever seen in the EPL; every time we made a mistake they punished us. When Jeff Legue had a breakaway, if he’d scored it might have been a different game”.

On Sunday, a Dogs side without imports beat Billingham Stars in a cross-over cup match, 7-0.

Sheffield killed the game off with four goals in ten middle period minutes including a first senior goal for Cole Shudra and a brace for 17 year Cam Brownley. Hirst scored a final period natural hat-trick and took the man of the match honours ahead of Brad Day who earned a 27 shot shutout. Dogs play Peterborough at home on Saturday.