Payette’s men won’t be league top dogs if they get complacent

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STEELDOGS are aiming to keep their winning home record intact as they host Telford Tigers at iceSheffield tomorrow (7.30pm)

Coach Andre Payette said: “Last weekend, we had a difficult night in Slough on Saturday, but we played probably our best team game of the season on Sunday with a tremendous 2-1 win in Bracknell. We are really working hard as a team to continue progressing and are starting to believe that this could be a really special season.”

Dogs’ officials say that on-ice training and gym sessions have been “vigorous” this week, as Payette’s team look to keep their home winning streak going.

Steeldogs’ visitors on Saturday, Telford, are a difficult team to judge as they have taken apart top teams yet are at present at the bottom of the league table.

Payette will not want Steeldogs to be one of those English Premier League team which gets complacent and said: “I am looking forward to playing Telford - it’s our first game against them this season. They have beaten Guildford Flames and Manchester Phoenix already so we have to be on our toes for this game.”

With the Steeldogs tied at the top of the league with three other teams, it demonstrates how competitive the Premier league is this season and all coaches know that they cannot take it for granted they will beat a lower-placed team on any given night.

The Steeldogs and Tigers have always had a close rivalry which has made games very lively.

Steeldogs play Peterborough on Sunday (5.30pm).