Steeldogs chase play-off spot

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Andre Payette insists that his side are going to come out ‘all guns blazing’ this weekend as they look to get the victory that will all but assure Sheffield Steeldogs’ place in the end of season play-offs.

After having no scheduled fixture a week ago, Payette and his team took the time to get some much needed rest ahead of the final four games of the EPL league season.

Steeldogs will hit the road for both of this weekend’s games, where they will not only be looking to pick up the crucial two points to secure their play-off spot, but also damage the title hopes of one of their EPL rivals.

Payette’s side, though, will have to tear up the form book when they face Basingstoke Bison side, to whom they have lost their last four, and a Guildford Flames side to who they have lost all five games to so far this season.

“With us having a weekend off, everyone got some good rest and just got away from it all,” Payette, the Sheffield Steeldogs head coach, told Grass Roots.

“We came back this week and it was probably the best training session that we have had.

“Basingstoke need to win the game to close the gap on Manchester so we are going to come out all guns blazing.

“We gave them two games, but we can go down there and beat them, if we do, that would effectively end their hopes of winning the title.

“Guildford are also very strong, but we want to get something out of the weekend, we need three points from the last eight available and that will secure our place in the play-offs.

“It’s going to be a huge weekend, we need to get something ourselves though to take the pressure off.”

Following the conclusion of their final two away fixtures of the season, Steeldogs will return to iceSheffield on Wednesday evening for their clash with Swindon Wildcats (7:30pm) and Payette is urging the next generation of Steeldogs fan to converge on iceSheffield where anyone under 16 can attend the game for free.