Finnerty praises Clan character

Braehead Clan Head Coach Ryan Finnerty was a happier man after taking four big road points this weekend from Manchester Storm and Sheffield Steelers.

Saturday’s 6-4 win in Altrincham was followed up by a tighter 2-1 win over the Steelers on Sunday as Clan got back to winning ways.

Finnerty had little sympathy for Paul Thompson’s side, who saw two contentious goals chopped by the referee in the clash at iceSheffield.

He said: “The whole weekend was a positive really. It was two different games and in Manchester we did our best to throw it away, then showed the great character we have in the team.

“We ground out a result in Sheffield and did exactly what we talked about in our pre-game meeting. It was all about taking the points and we did that.

“Steelers definitely put us under pressure, but we deserved the win after throwing it away against them in previous games.

“I’m sure they’ll be annoyed at not seeing at least one of the two goals go in, but we’ve had decisions against them so it all balances out. Sometimes you get the calls, sometimes you don’t.”

The Clan boss admitted his team didn’t play as much on the front foot as he would have liked in Sheffield, but the growing confidence played a part in seeing his team close out winning results.

“We played a perfect road game and we wanted to weather the storm in the first ten minutes in Sheffield and we did that,” he said.

“On any other night, we’d like to see more offensive play, but we got the win and the two points and that’s the most important thing.

“We defended more than we wanted to and you have to credit Sheffield for coming at us. They had a lot of zone time, but we had chances to push further on than 2-0.

“We’ve been playing from behind for much of the season and we got confidence in the offense and the special teams. From there, we were able to close out two tough games.”

Check out the video above to hear post-game interviews by Finnerty and Steelers’ Head Coach Paul Thompson.

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