Sheffield Steelers hit back after fans unrest

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A minority of Steelers fans have turned on the club’s management following their recent inconsistent run of form leading to a 4-1 home defeat by Nottingham Panthers.

Supporters of the club are normally amongst the most loyal in Sheffield sport. But they have vented their disapproval on the social media - some calling for coach Paul Thompson’s head after just 14 league games.

Paul Thompson

Paul Thompson

Club spokesman David Simms said: “I read some nonsense about my ‘selling the owner a dream’ in bringing in Thommo and how Gerad Adams should come back. These people have no idea.”

And Thompson himself was clearly angered by an ‘idiotic’ tweet which slammed him for pulling young Yorkshire goalie Brad Day after he had conceded four on Sunday at the Arena.

“I put Brad in because he has been fabulous for us, I didn’t pull him to embarrass him. Some idiot has been tweeting me this kind of rubbish.

“They haven’t got a clue these people.

“ I did it to get Marek Pinc back in an unpressurised situation because we are going to need him over the next few games.” Thompson is more concerned with the lacklustre display for 40 minutes on Sunday, which is only partially explained by the fact they had endured a six hour bus ride back from Braehead arriving back at nearly 6am on the same day.

“We were flat for two periods, turning pucks over on our blue line - defensively we were puck-watching. We had no life, no legs no jump. It wasn’t good enough. If you are not willing to outwork your opponents and win your battles...”

Thompson was also unhappy with star forwards Mathieu Roy and Tyler Mosienko who both got into the ref’s bad books.

Roy earned a 10-minute misconduct as Steelers were trailing 1-0 and was in the penalty box when Notts got their second. Mosienko got a match penalty at 0-4 down and will miss Wednesday’s game against Cardiff Devils.

“It is not acceptable” said the coach. “They are two of our best players.

It’s frustration, but you are not going to win yourselves back in the game by having your best players not on the ice. They know that.”

Thompson admitted that he was monitoring the player market for possible import addition or replacement.

“There are a few out there we are going to have to look at it and take stock and see where we are.”

He added: “We have some players right now that are trying to find an element of form and it is not quite happening. But we’ll get them back.”

While he would not publicly reveal whether he would prefer a forward or a defenceman, he said: “No comment on that -but I think maybe we need a spark somewhere.”