Sheffield Steelers: Don’t rule us out yet

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SIMON FERGUSON won’t rule out what appears to be Mission Impossible, for Sheffield Steelers.

His side are 4-1 down from the first leg of the Challenge Cup final against Nottingham Panthers and have to complete the second game away on April 2.

But he insists Steelers still have a chance; as long as some of the controversial decisions made by the referee last Wednesday are not repeated.

“Nothing is impossible, you just have to go out and play and hopefully the powers-that-be call the game, where it is fair, and we bury our chances” he said.

He accused Panthers of slashing him every time he and others got the puck.

Ferguson recalled a spell with Hershey Bears in the AHL when his side pulled a Final series victory out of the bag despite repeatedly going behind.

And the 29-year-old Canadian - a star performer in Steelers’ last three games - denies any suggestion he or his team-mates are not totally committed to the cause.

His views, on film at the star.co.uk, are a response to owner Tony Smith’s remarks about him wanting to see the level of commitment match that of Panthers.

“Everybody came out with their hardest effort (on Wednesday) no-one is slacking off, you can’t come out and say heads are going to roll and expect not everyone to have pressure on them while working their hardest. I don’t know whether it helps, maybe sometimes it does sometimes it doesn’t.”

Ferguson insisted this weekend’s two home games, against Hull and Belfast, were not without meaning. He said the team was playing for pride.

Chris Frank (hand) is out, with Scott Champagne back.