Dixon thinks Flames took opponents lightly

Guildford Flames‘ Head Coach Paul Dixon believes his team underestimated Bracknell Bees after Saturday’s surprise 4-3 home defeat against the Berkshire side.

Despite bouncing back with a a 4-2 road victory at Manchester Phoenix, Dixon was frustrated with the Flames’ failure to secure a four-point weekend.

“After two good results last week and a great week of practice I thought we would come out flying on Saturday, but that simply didn’t happen,” said Dixon.

“We were clearly not mentally ready for Bracknell, and I’m not sure if we thought all we had to do was turn up and the two points would be ours, but Bracknell did a great job of demonstrating that is not the case.

“We did rebound very well on Sunday. We played a much stronger game at Manchester. It was a good performance by everyone. We played good team defence, and made the most of our chances.

“We don’t usually single anyone out, but Andrew Hemmings had a terrific game at Manchester even if you discount his scoring, but it was good to see him rewarded for his efforts.

“It’s always hard to come off a really poor showing the night before, but the guys should be credited for shaking it off and making the most of the next opportunity.”

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