Paisley Pirates’ boss Ian Turley has urged his side to bounce back from the disappointment of losing their first game of the season last weekend.
The Pirates’ 2-1 home defeat against Edinburgh Capitals SNL left them just a point clear of Aberdeen Lynx at the top of the table with four games to play.
Ahead of Saturday’s trip to Moray Typhoons Turley said the result wasn’t unexpected.
“We haven’t really played well in our last three games and I suppose that was always going to catch up with us sooner or later,” said Turley.
“We never really got out of first gear – Edinburgh had a game plan and stuck to it.
“We simply didn’t compete and that’s unacceptable at any time, but more so when you’re playing in front of your own fans who deserved a lot better than the performance we gave them on Sunday.
“Looking ahead, I’ll be having a think about who I can rely upon to go through the proverbial brick wall for us between now and the end of the season, as anything less is not going to be good enough.”
“Every other team in the SNL would love to be in our position – top of the league and in the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup.
“Maybe this will act as a wake-up call to the team in the sense that they’ve had a reminder that everyone wants to lower our colours.
“They say that good teams show their mettle when they rise above adversity and get the job done regardless, so it’s up to us to bounce back and show that we’re worthy of that description, because no-one’s going to sit back and give us anything because of what we’ve done so far.
“We go to Elgin on Saturday, which has been a testing fixture for us in recent years, so maybe we’ll find out at the weekend just how capable we are of putting a bad result behind us and moving on.”
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Moray Typhoons v Paisley Pirates
Kirkcaldy Kestrels v Dundee Tigers (Cup)
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