Dixon philosophical after winning run ends

Guildford Flames’ Head Coach Paul Dixon was philosophical after seeing his team’s four-game winning streak in the EPL ended at Hull Pirates on Sunday.

Flames went into the game buoyed by Saturday’s 5-3 home win against Manchester Phoenix, but they found the Pirates a tougher proposition in Hull with the home side recording a victory by the same scoreline.

“When you’re speaking of the end of a winning streak there’s a bit of a silver lining because it means we have strung together some results,” said Dixon.

“It would have been nice to extend it to five, but on Sunday we missed chances in volume to have a lead after the opening period, and that proved costly for us.

“In the back half of the game we took too many penalties which really increased our challenge in trying to get the upper hand.

“Perhaps the most disappointing part of the weekend were the injuries which overshadowed the results.

“For the opening twelve minutes or so on Saturday we, for the first time all season, had a fully stocked roster at all positions and in all player categories.

“Then an injury to Matic Kralj, who will be out for several weeks, and another on Sunday to Tom Duggan, the extent of which is not currently known, sort of puts us right back to dealing with the medical challenges.

“It is very, very frustrating, but we know it is part of the package sometimes.

“It looks like we will have to deal with this now over the coming weeks, so we’ll have to be mindful of the best way for us to put the line-up together on match night to try and get us back in the win column.”

(Image permission: John Uwins)

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