SNL preview: Turley warns Pirates against complacency

Paisley Pirates’ boss Ian Turley has warned his players not to become complacent, despite seeing them storm to the top of the SNL table.

Pirates have won five out of five so far this season, but Turley insists his team need to maintain the high standards they’ve set ahead of Saturday’s game against North Ayrshire Wild.

“It’s very important that we keep doing what we always do, and that’s to look at the next game as the one which we focus on,” said Turley (above).

“The fixture will get our fullest attention and only when that game is finished will we then turn our thoughts to the next one.

“It’s a well-used mantra, but it remains as true as ever, and that’s to take one game at a time.

“It’s great to be winning and it breeds confidence in the camp, but it means that every opponent wants to be the one who puts an end to your sequence.

“Moray gave us a hard time for a while a couple of weeks ago and I felt we didn’t play as well as we’re capable of, particularly early on.

“We came good and found some chemistry as the game progressed and I like to think that puts our opponents under pressure, knowing that we’ll be going at them for the entire sixty minutes.

“I changed a few things round against Moray, switching the lines about a little and trying a few ideas out. I believe we have a number of players able to play various roles on any given night.

“Now that we’ve had a few games under our belt I can see the direction I want the team to go and it’s crucial that all players buy into that ethos.

“There are a couple of guys starting to find form and it’s important to exploit this and give players a chance to play. The honeymoon period is over and it’s key to ensure that complacency doesn’t creep in.

“We have a solid group of guys who want to play major minutes every game – this creates competition for places and no one is safe in that respect.

“You are only as good as your last game, competition is healthy, and with that in mind it will continue to push players to perform at the highest possible standards every game.

WEEKEND FIXTURES

Saturday

Aberdeen Lynx v Edinburgh Capitals SNL
Dundee Comets v Kilmarnock Storm
North Ayrshire Wild v Paisley Pirates

Sunday

Kirkcaldy Kestrels v Dundee Tigers

(Image permission: Al Goold Photo)

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