Watkins calls for more aggression despite Flames rout

Telford boss Tom Watkins was happy to see the Tigers secure a 9-4 win at Guildford Flames on Saturday, but he believes some of his players may not have produced all they’re capable of.

The Tigers led 5-0 early in the second period, before the Flames fired four unanswered goals to close the deficit to one.

Doug Clarkson’s wrist shot just before the break stopped the home side in their tracks and the Tigers pulled away in the final session to seal the points.

“I thought the first and third period were dominant for us, but the second was totally Guildford.

“If you let a team outwork you, get to loose pucks first and win battles in a short space of time, they can hurt you.

“It is something we can learn from and we didn’t let it affect the result, which is the main thing.

“I sat a few guys down tonight, as I didn’t think they were in the game and they have got to learn from that.

“There’s guys out there with a tonne of ability, but they have got to play with more grit, jump and aggression.

“It helps us if we’re able to turn a team around and turn pucks over and sometimes that is a little bit frustrating.”

(Image permission: John Uwins)

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