Sheffield Steelers have been on the road to nowhere

Marek Pinc
Marek Pinc

Six days ago, Sheffield Steelers scored five away at Edinburgh Capitals...and lost.

On the weekend before, they were 2-0 and then 3-1 up at Nottingham Panthers...and lost.

Away form has driven coach Paul Thompson nuts - and he wants to see a significant improvement tonight at Braehead Clan.

“Decision-making has been poor, we are not been anything like as responsible when we play away from home.” he admits. “It is not acceptable that we do not respect the fact we are on the road - especially as 78% of teams are winning their home games at the moment. Perhaps we go there thinking we’ve won before we start. But it is no good out-shooting teams two to one and then losing.”

Steelers have made a series of errors which have been punished. Asked about the mindset of players away from home, Thompson replied: “Our attitude may be a bit arrogant, naive or over-confident. Teams like Edinburgh sit back and wait for us to make mistakes - when the puck is in our hands in the offensive zone - and then profit from a turnover. We shouldn’t be scoring five goals away and losing!

“We have to be far more simplistic and have a better defensive mindset on the road. It is alright having a swashbuckling team at home - we love to entertain our fans - but we have to pick our spots on the road. How we conceded goals at Nottingham (in bunches) is not the way I want us to be. We can play with great tempo and speed but then have the naivety of 14 year old kids when it comes to conceding.

“In some ways this is the most frustrating team I have had - some games we are unstoppable and others we kill ourselves by being reckless and having no responsibility. But we will get to the bottom of it We are 100% focussed on what we have go to do.”

Steelers had a scare this week after goalie Marek Pinc took puck to the inside of his leg, and missed Tuesday’s training, but has had physio and will play in Glasgow and at home to Nottingham Panthers on Sunday.