Mark Matheson: “We’ve struggled to score goals.”

Mark Matheson is back for Nottingham Panthers and the Elite Series (PHOTO: Panthers Images)

Mark Matheson looked a frustrated figure after two consecutive Elite League losses in overtime in his sides latest round of fixtures.

The Nottingham Panthers had looked to return to winning ways after strengthening their roster with Kevin Massy.

They had looked to be back on track following a 5-2 victory over Dundee Stars in their last game of January.

It wasn’t to be however as Matheson’s side lost 2-1 to Glasgow Clan and the Fife Flyers, both in overtime.

Mark Matheson’s Say

Matheson said of these results: “Very frustrating, very disappointing to come out here with two overtime losses.

“Unfortunately, this weekend we’ve struggled to score goals and when you do that it puts a lot of strain on your team defence.

“We’ve got to find a way to get to those hard areas, get better and we’ll practice that next week.”

Since taking over from Tim Wallace, Matheson has had mixed results with an extremely positive start to life in charge.

It has been a little bit of a lacklustre run of form lately seeing the Panthers defeated six times in their last 10 outings.

Of these six losses, four have come from teams below them in the EIHL standings.

Matthew Myers Opens Up

Veteran forward Matthew Myers believes his side need to be more clinical if they want to up their win count.

“We have to start executing, if we’re going to get 60 shots, we need to start putting the puck in the net four times.

“Obviously the boys are all really disappointed, but it sums up our season really, but it has to change soon.”

The 37-year-old originally from Cardiff has been there and done that for many different clubs, including previous spells with the Panthers.

During this time he has faced some difficult seasons struggling for form, he believes hard work is needed to arrest this slump.

“Everyone in that dressing room has played on teams, where we’ve had up and down seasons.

“It takes hard work, not that we aren’t working hard, but continuing to work hard, working a bit smarter I’d think.”

With Nottingham’s aspirations of getting close to the title pack all but extinguished the Panthers now look to play-offs for a chance of success.

A tough three in three awaits them this weekend as they face Manchester Storm away and Cardiff Devils home and away.

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