Nottingham Panthers returning to winning ways in EIHL

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

After Head Coach Tim Wallace’s dismissal last week Nottingham Panthers fans were critical of the decision.

It seems to have paid off so far though as they’ve picked up four points in their last two games.

A 4-3 victory over Guildford Flames and a 4-2 win over Fife Flyers sees them move up to fourth spot in the table.

Player/Assistant Coach Mark Matheson; interim Head Coach, said of this weekend’s performance: “There’s been some changes, it’s been a rough week, we just talked about coming together which can happen after things like that and for sure as a group we’re really happy right now.

“I really asked for us to be unselfish and disciplined and as a group we did it”.

Centre Robbie Baillargeon spoke about his feelings following his sides second straight win, saying: “To get two wins, it’s definitely just a confidence booster for us right now, we’re all in this together, that’s kind of the motto right now”.

Both of Panthers’ games this weekend required them to fight back from a deficit score-line.

Baillargeon says this shows the attitude of the side: “We’re just going to continue, stick with the plan, play our game and good things are going to happen and that’s what we saw”.

Baillargeon did find himself netting twice in the first fixture of the weekend against Guildford, speaking about this he said: “It had been a while, but it’s always good to help out the team and do whatever you can to get the win”.

Fan’s reactions

This ethos of working together and fighting until the end has drawn praise from some fans.

However, not all fans agreed with this proposing that the coaching change isn’t the reason for this success.

Nottingham Panthers will face Guildford again this week in the Challenge Cup and will be looking for a third win in a row.

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