Steeldogs aces ‘playing for their futures’

Steeldogs coach Andre Payette
Steeldogs coach Andre Payette
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‘Some players are playing for their jobs’ is the message from Andre Payette ahead of their league double-header this weekend.

Sheffield Steeldogs’ head coach fired the message after their two defeats at the weekend to Slough Jets and Telford Tigers ended chances of reaching the cup play-offs at the end of the season.

Payette also admitted that he does not know what went wrong last weekend.

“We were really disappointing. I thought the team was on the right track so I can’t quite put my finger on what happened,” he said.

“On Sunday, we didn’t look like an experienced team and there were five or six guys I was really disappointed with.

“We need to start scoring again and it was my job to sort out situations like this, but a few of the guys need to look at themselves in the mirror.”

Steeldogs face the best team in the league Guildford Flames at IceSheffield on Saturday before travelling to face Swindon on Sunday and Payette is expecting a response from his team.

Steeldogs have not had much luck against either opponent this season. Over the two cup games against Guildford, Payette’s team slipped to a 7-6, 6-2 and 4-2 defeats and also lost in over time against Swindon in EPL Cup last month.

“Some players are playing for their jobs and we really need to get a result when we face Swindon. We are going to have a fully fit squad so we will have no excuses and our main aim is to make sure we get that play-off place in the league.”