Time to show some back bone: Sheffield Steelers chief

Robert Dowd's disallowed goal - a symbol of present fortunes
Robert Dowd's disallowed goal - a symbol of present fortunes
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Sheffield Steelers’ coach Paul Thompson says his players have accepted that they must stop feeling sorry for themselves and start putting some points on the board.

Thompson said his side were a dejected bunch after losing both of their games last weekend. But, since then, they have spent hours discussing their issues and players like Russ Moyer, Mathieu Roy and Zack Fitzgerald have been particularly vocal behind the scenes.

“The common view is that it is time we stood up to be counted, enough is enough. We got to show our teeth in games,” said the coach. “All the players are of the same view that we have to stop feeling sorry for ourselves, work hard, scrap, find our confidence and do whatever it takes to win. We have been brutal on the road and we have lost our last two home games, so the rot has to stop.

“In adversity you find out more about people than when everything is going well. With a new player coming in, others coming back from injury and suspension we can put things right.” Steelers host Coventry on Friday.