Sheffield Steelers forward Rylan Galiardi was quick to admit his share of the blame for his new team’s home season-opening defeat to rivals Nottingham Panthers.
And he insists he wants to play his part in making it up to the fans in the weeks ahead.
In a candid interview, on video at the star.co.uk, the 27-year-old north American confessed his displays in the Challenge Cup weekend lacked vitality.
“It was pretty lacklustre from my point of view, I didn’t produce offensively and that’s what I am here to do” he said.
“There are a lot of things I can look back on and improve and hopefully get ready for the next weekend and bring a better effort. Part of it is execution, part of it is I just didn’t play well. I expect a lot out of myself and I didn’t produce so I didn’t do my job.”
Sheffield fans warm to players who admit it when they get it wrong. And the skater is keen that he and his team mates will emerge stronger from Sunday’s 4-2 reverse. “We have to learn from this” said Galiardi.
“It was tough for the fans they really supported us and we didn’t bring it, so we have to re-group here, look in the mirror.
“The game isn’t played on paper, we all know we have a really good roster, we have a lot of experience, some good players. We have to be able to bring it every night, every minute, we have to compete. We have to be simple and get pucks behind their D. We have got some good forwards who can play in their end but we have to get them there and work from our end out. We know we have a good team but we have to play like it, its not just going to happen for us.”
Asked if all the new imports were aware of the partisan fever attached to Steelers v Panthers games, Galiardi replied: “Yes, you can tell the fans are passionate, I just wish we’d brought a better effort for them. Hopefully I can put these games in my rear view and get it going.”
n Steelers fans are incensed with the chaotic new Arena parking system, which contributed to a Sunday Face Off delay of 30 minutes.
One poster on the fans’ forum wrote: “Something must be done to cure this shambles sooner rather than later, otherwise I think this must affect attendances.”