Why Steelers power winger Nikolay Lemtyugov won't be watching Glasgow Clan clash highlights

If Sheffield hand out another beating to Glasgow Clan on Wednesday, there will be one Steeler who won't be watching the video highlights later.

Friday, 17th January 2020, 3:01 pm
Nikolay Lemtyugov doing his bit to help the Steelers' cause

That's Russian power winger Nikolay Lemtyugov, who has an aversion to watching himself.

It's a bit hard to fathom.

So strong on the puck, the 33-year-old from the Ural Mountains has been a consistent, hard-working and dependable asset since he became the first Russian to sign for Sheffield, last July.

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While he impresses the Arena fans, he doesn't to seem to do the same for himself.

"I am not a fan just for my game. I have never seen games on TV, I never watch my game" he told The Star.

"It is personal. I push myself every day. I don't like what I do on the ice. If I see a game (that he plays in) I just change the channel because I don't like myself. I tell the truth!

"It doesn't matter how I play - I score two or three, or something, I find something bad. I don't like to watch."

While 'Lemty' might be his own harshest critic, he believes in the abilities of his team as a whole.

On Sunday, they put Glasgow to the sword, 7-3.

Before that game, the winger had collected two goals and four assists from his previous three outings to become the club's third top scorer.

Lemtyugov said that the teams had played each other "too much" recently (four of Steelers last 10 games have been against Clan.)

Steelers' coach Aaron Fox had wanted changes made to accommodate every game against them, said the skater, who played under him at Medvescak Zagreb.

Looking ahead to the Challenge Cup semi final first leg, he said: "I don't care about Clan we need to do what we do in practice.

"I don't want to just say we will win but everybody needs do to win what we do in practice."

Lemtyugov has scored three times against Glasgow so far this year.

But if he scores again in the semi final - he won't be watching it back!

*Coach Fox describes Glasgow's team as "an opportunistic group, they have got three good lines, all their 'D' can play."

He said it didn't matter how well his side had done against Glasgow in recent games - this was going to be a major challenge, but they were going to Scotland to win the game.