Clan boss “frustrated” by his team

Braehead Clan Head Coach Ryan Finnerty admits he’s finding it tough to discover what makes his team tick after another mixed weekend of results.

Clan went down 3-0 to Dundee Stars at home on Saturday, but recovered to take two Elite Challenge Cup points following a 5-4 shoot-out success on Tayside a day later.

“It’s frustrating for any coach to stand by a group you know can be better. As a group and as a unit, we can be very good,” Finnerty said.

“It’s a group that’s taking something negative to get them going. We can’t afford to let other teams dictate and see what other teams are bringing.

“We’re not there right now and not establishing that. It’s tough and a challenge to find out what’s making these guys tick.

“Obviously I was pretty frustrated on Saturday – the way we started that game and we left ourselves with too much to do.

“I’m pretty disappointed we came out of that performance on Wednesday looking so flat in front of our fans.

“The last forty minutes we dominated, but we let Dundee grow into the game and Joe Fallon in goal was excellent. That’s what happens when you’re not ready to go.

“On Sunday, we played in spurts and showed some good stuff and I thought they applied some good pressure. But a win’s a win and we’ll take it just now.

“I have to give credit to the guys after the 4-4. I thought we settled down and we finally got a penalty shots win.

“It can help going into next week’s game and we’re confident with Rusty (Gary Russell) in goal. He played good for us on Saturday and carried it into Sunday.”

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