Pacha: Payback over Giants would be ideal

(PHOTO: Helen Brabon)

Dundee Stars coach Omar Pacha says he would love payback over Belfast Giants – but is taking a more measured view ahead of their rematch.

They meet in Dundee on Wednesday in the live television game a week after the Giants stunned them with an 8-0 victory in their Challenge Cup quarter final first leg tie.

And Pacha is looking at the game as an opportunity to get more points on the board after a recent upturn in form that has seen them win their last four in the league.

“Payback over Belfast for what they did last week would be ideal, but you just have to look at every game from a neutral standpoint where it’s two big points for the standings,” he said.

“Belfast have been good against us and they’re top of the league for a reason so we need to come and bring our ‘A’ game, working on the things to help make us better.

“We’ve got better as the season’s gone on, but then so has every team so it’s important we keep working on our ethos and move on from there.

“Results since the start of the season, you can see any team can beat anybody else on any night and that’s maybe where we’re building off.

“We always look at that as a challenge and it’s no secret that we’re the underdogs so we always have to get up for every game and give everything we have.

“For us, every game is an opportunity for two points and that’s nothing different on Wednesday night.”

Pacha was especially pleased to keep that winning run going when they got maximum points in their games against Coventry Blaze and current champions Cardiff Devils at the weekend.

And he reflected on the Challenge Cup tie with the Giants on Wednesday where he concedes it was a performance that couldn’t have gone any worse.

He added: “It was great to keep the streak going in the league.  Last Wednesday was a night where nothing worked for us and I felt bad for ‘Sheepdog’ coming in.

“We tried to focus on the positive and what we did against Fife and it worked out well for us at the weekend and I was particularly happy with the third period performances.

“All I ask from the guys is an honest effort and work hard and I’ve seen that, not only in last four, but the last six games have been good for us and we’re getting the bounces now.”

The game between Dundee Stars and Belfast Giants is live on FreeSports, with coverage starting at 7pm.

FreeSports is currently available via Freeview (95), Sky (422), Virgin (553) FreeSat (252), TalkTalk (95), BT Vision (95) and online via the TVPlayer.

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