Telford Tigers’ boss Tom Watkins praised the character of his players after a four-point weekend maintained their unbeaten start to the EPL season.
Tigers cruised to a 6-2 victory at Guildford Flames on Saturday, but they had to dig deep the following day to grind out a 5-4 home success against Sheffield Steeldogs.
Victory over the Yorkshire outfit means Telford remain level on points with leaders Hull and MK Lightning, although the Pirates are still ahead on goal difference.
A string of penalties and injuries forced Watkins to re-jig his lines during the Steeldogs game, but he was delighted with how his team responded.
“It was tough, but that is why we have that depth in the team,” said Watkins. “We had just eight forwards for the back end of the game, with Warren Tait playing in defence.
“But we got there in the end. It was not a pretty win, but I’m sure we’ll be in a lot more one-goal games than that and we’ve got to manage that during matches.
“Matty Davies was solid, and I thought Michal Satek worked his socks off. He keeps going all night long.
“Warren was excellent across the weekend at the back, considering it was the first time he’s played there for us.
“Last night’s performance against Guildford was excellent and today we got the job done. We’re going to have to do that from time-to-time.”
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