Sheffield Steelers’ experience will help them through four games in six days

Jonathan Phillips - Sheffield Steelers
Jonathan Phillips - Sheffield Steelers
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Jonathan Phillips says Sheffield Steelers are ready for the four games in six days that can define their season.

The club hosts Nottingham Panthers on Thursday, in the Challenge Cup Semi Final first leg.

The weekend sees them play Coventry Blaze and Belfast Giants, before resuming the semi-final series with Nottingham a week today.

“We broke a mental barrier in Nottingham on Saturday” said the captain, following their 3-2 win at the NIA.

“There wasn’t one of us who didn’t think we couldn’t win there but now that we have accomplished that, it will give us a boost

“It’s not just that win, we also beat them the week before. This is the business end of the year, history suggests that we aren’t bad at this time of the season.

“Our experience over the last 10 years is that we know how to get the job done.

“The Panthers have owned the Challenge Cup over the last five years. It’s an incredible run they have been on. It’s only right that we are the team to end it” said the Welsh winger.

“For us it’s about competing at a certain level with intensity. On Saturday we showed we could play with high intensity for a whole 60 minutes.

“There are no excuses now, we have to do it on Thursday, Saturday, Sunday and then Tuesday again. Four games in six nights, its no good moaning about that, we all love the game and we would rather be playing than doing anything else.

“We have the horses to get through this spell, we hope that Dustin Kohn will be back tonight as well. On Saturday in Nottingham every man did his job down the minute detail, we now have to do that again and again over the next week.

“Nottingham are a proud club, they will play with emotion, passion and smarts. We are expecting an all out assault on Thursday, I hope they are as well.”

Panthers coach Corey Neilson has spoken of his need for redemption following three straight losses.”