Paisley Pirates return to Braehead Arena this Sunday (face off 6.00pm) for the first time in three weeks to take on the Moray Typhoons in swift re-match following the Renfrewshire side’s 7-1 win over the Elgin side when they met last Saturday.
“Yes, it’s a quick turnaround for us as we only saw them last weekend, but that’s sometimes how the fixtures work. It won’t make any difference to our preparation though, as we’ll be just as thorough as we always are before we take on an opponent,” said Head Coach Ian Turley. “People might be of the view that we’re favourites for the two points after defeating them in their rink only a week ago, but we don’t see it that way at all,” he went on.
“At this stage of the season, it’s vitally important that we continue to do what we’re doing, work hard, and go into the game not expecting anything other than a tough challenge. Any attitude that even hints at complacency could cause problems for us so Adam and I will be working hard as usual this week in training to make sure the players know what is expected of them on Sunday, when we’re playing in front of our own support.”
“Dundee Comets beat Kirkcaldy Kestrels, who have been front runners for the SNL title for most of the season, at the weekend, so that’s opened up the league race a bit, and we’re in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup again, where we’ll meet Aberdeen Lynx for a place in the final, with the first leg at their place on Saturday 17 March, and the return at Braehead Arena the following Saturday, so there’s a lot to play for in the remaining part of the season.”
“People forget that this team was only put together a week or two before our season started and they’ve done pretty well for a young side to have got to where they are right now. However, this is now the business end of the season where every game is important and, as Adam and I keep reinforcing, we have got to keep our standards up and even try to improve on them further, because there are some very good teams left in the running for the various competitions and we can be sure that they won’t give us an inch in the weeks and months to come.”