Sheffield Steelers’ coach calls for better defence against Cardiff Devils

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Scoring six goals in a midweek Arena win did not mask the fact that Sheffield Steelers had something of an off-night, admits coach Gerad Adams.

The win over Dundee Stars exposed some form and tactical lapses which must be addressed before his old team Cardiff Devils roll into town tomorrow (7pm.)

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“I think we can fully admit, I don’t think we are at our best in a lot of areas we should take pride in, such as individual battles in our defensive zone” said Adams after the 6-3 win over Dundee Stars.

“ We weren’t very good at it. Take away that and we still have the ability to score six goals and win an ugly hockey game - that’s the sign of a good team. But we need to perform better. I think our training habits can be improved as well.”

Steelers, who will have the temporary services of Ben O’Connor on the blue line tomorrow, will be keen to beat a team which got the better of them at the Arena in their last meeting.

Adams said: “It is a Conference game, we weren’t very good (last time) that was our poorest performance of the season.

“But on the flip side, we re-bounded from that very quickly and we are playing some good hockey right now so we are keen to get them on our rink. We are keen to challenge them in some areas that we didn’t in the last game.”

Adams described his old side as “big, physical, they play a simple game. There are some areas they are doing quite well in. We don’t need to alter our game just need to acknowledge (their strengths.)

“They have their weaknesses, plenty of weaknesses, that we are going to expose.”

Adams said the club was showing patience over the continuing absence of concussion victim Pascal Morency.

“We are taking our time with him. He wants to be back, so when the time is right he will be back in the line-up. For us to kind of give up on him would be a mistake.”