Dixon says Flames can’t catch a break

Guildford Flames’ boss Paul Dixon bemoaned his team’s luck after seeing their dreadful recent run of results continue.

Flames lost 5-3 at MK Lightning on Saturday and followed up with a 4-2 reverse at home to Hull Pirates on Sunday to register their sixth EPL defeat in seven games.

Dixon said: “If we were not already aware, both games certainly highlighted the difficulty of trying to play from behind for such extensive periods.

“Between the two games we played basically a game and two-thirds in catch-up mode.

“Spotting a team like Hull a two-goal lead before sixty seconds has ticked off the clock, and then offering another mistake so they go three to the good less than five minutes in, is not a recipe for success.

“We outplayed them for the last fifty-five minutes and outshot them by a distance, but when you’re behind it seems to take much more energy than when you’re ahead or tied, so it’s crucial that we’re on top of things from the opening face-off.

“These teams are by no means dismantling us or dominating us in any way. It just seems to be if there’s a mistake, we’re paying for every single one. We also cannot seem to catch a break.

“In each game we had a goal disallowed – both of them at times when they may have made a huge difference, and on Sunday against Hull just a pure bad luck, ricochet off our skate, an angle that a player couldn’t execute in a thousand shots, ends up in our net to really sum up where we’re at.

“It’s hard to do right now, but we have to stay positive and keep trying to turn things around. We’re going to have to work hard and stay focused and believe that we can do something to spark some success.”

(Image permission: Tony Sargent)

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