Keith eager for points from long road trip

Braehead Clan captain Matt Keith says it was important to go out with a win before their break last weekend – now he wants more points on the board.

Clan’s 5-2 victory over Nottingham Panthers was their last home game for a month, with the team now facing a run of six fixtures on the road.

They head to Manchester Storm on Saturday and Keith has called on his teammates to start stringing some victories together to lift them away from the bottom of the table.

“It was important to go out with a win like that, whether we had the following week off or not, but we have to start winning games and get some points together to help us in the standings,” Keith said.

“Going into the break was nice and it’s given us a chance to regroup a little bit. We’ve done some fitness testing and some practice and the mood is positive.

“Now we go on the road for a month and that’s the sort of atmosphere you want going into the next few weeks.

“I haven’t looked at the standings to be honest. All I know is we’re four and eight and it’s not good enough by our standards.

“We didn’t have a good start, but we’ve been playing better and we need to start pulling some wins together to get us back into contention.

Storm are next for Braehead and are a team that have picked up some big points at home against some of the big clubs in the Elite League.

Keith revealed when the players returned to training on Tuesday, Head Coach Ryan Finnerty was already heavily into preparations for Omar Pacha’s team.

“Manchester’s a tough building to go into ice with good fan support and a smaller rink – if they get a good start, it can be even harder,” added Keith.

“You could tell early on Tuesday that Finner was preparing for Manchester and focusing on what we need to do.

“We’ve had success down there, but it’s definitely a difficult place. If we can go there, play our game and control what we can control, then we should be okay.”

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