Bob Westerdale’s Sheffield Steelers column: Owner Tony Smith puts his faith in Gerad Adams after poor run of form

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Should we be worried about Sheffield Steelers’ form in the League?

Sunday’s one-goal win at Coventry Blaze merely put a sticking plaster over recent Elite division form, where the club suffered five straight defeats.

Certainly, whenever things start to go wrong, people always look at the coach.

But owner Tony Smith tried to put a stop on that, in his programme notes before last Saturday’s 4-1 home reverse to Nottingham Panthers.

He wrote: “Gerad is one of the best. People say he has no Plan B - rubbish. This guy has a plan for every occasion, every situation. He is our coach and knows what’s needed to win.”

He added in an address to supporters: “Have faith in his ability because I know all the players do.”

Adams has asked for patience and players like Tyler Mosienko are urging fans to stick with the team.

Inevitably they will do - long-standing fans have witnessed highs and lows before.

But, if there is a difference this time, it is the question mark over how a team can dominate the standings one moment then sink to fourth or fifth place the next.

It leads us all to wonder whether early season form was a flash in the pan, or something the team can re-discover in time to put the breaks on rivals like Braehead Clan, who are quietly going about their business picking up points.

This weekend may help us find an answer.

Steelers host a very good Belfast Giants team on Saturday and a win should fill them with enough confidence ahead of the long trip to Dundee Stars (whom they played last night in the Challenge Cup quarter final second leg) on Sunday.

Adams wants a firmer mental strength, better defence, more attacking penetration and, above all, a willingness to absorb and execute what they have been told to do in training and in the locker room. Let’s hope he gets it.