Sheffield Steelers: The League’s best team - but on paper only?

Before it all went wrong: Jason Hewitt, second left, celebrates a Steelers goal v Panthers
Before it all went wrong: Jason Hewitt, second left, celebrates a Steelers goal v Panthers
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The feelgood factor was back at Sheffield Arena.

An exciting game, packed with incident, ending with a win over Nottingham Panthers.

It is just what the owner, team and fans had called for.

But within 24 hours, that feeling had been obliterated.

The scale of the season’s biggest defeat, at Nottingham (1-6,) consigned the memory of Saturday’s win (5-3) to the distant past.

Sheffield’s closest rivals have now buried no fewer than 20 goals past them in four games, three of which have been comfortable victories.

In the dressing room, at the NIC, nobody was more fed up than Jason Hewitt, who has played in more of these “derbies”than most.

He admitted: “We are not doing our job at the moment.

“The target is always four points each weekend and we are not doing that. That is just not acceptable.

“It is a good league, everybody says that and it’s true, but we should be doing better in it.”

Some observers think Steelers have the best team, on paper, in the Elite Division.

But five defeats in their last nine games indicate that potential is being suffocated.

Hewitt was angry, too, at Brent Henley, who was ejected for coming off the bench and steaming into Tim Spencer. “The ref’s call was the right one, (excessive roughness; match penalty) he jumped off the bench and went after him.”

Tomorrow: What the owner thinks....