Dixon demands improvement from his players

Guildford Flames’ Head Coach Paul Dixon has told his players to improve their focus after seeing his team slump to two defeats in the EPL over the weekend.

Flames lost 5-3 at Sheffield Steeldogs on Saturday, before falling 7-4 at home to Swindon Wildcats the following day.

Netminder Richard Ullberg has been released, while Dixon has admitted he is frustrated at his team’s inability to concentrate for the full 60 minutes.

“This is clearly not the kind of start to the season that we had envisioned,” said Dixon.

“We have to recognise that we cannot have a large scale collapse in every single game we play. The game is 60 minutes long, not 40 or 36 or 48 or any other number not getting to 60, or a bit more for overtime.

“We have to be able to deliver a more consistent performance over the length of a match if we want to get results.

“This is not a situation we have found ourselves in a whole lot over the years in terms of our record out of the gate, but the good news is that we are very, very early in the season, and we have time to check our character, and try to come up with some solutions to get this thing turned around.

“We are going to hit it hard in training this week and start fresh again next time out.

“Richard is the first of a set of moves that we are hoping to have completed in the next day or two.

“We wish him all the best as he moves on, and we look to our remaining, and new roster members, to be part of the solution for more success as we move deeper into the schedule.”

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