Watkins: Tigers must keep ploughing ahead

Tom Watkins has urged Telford Tigers not to switch off in games despite seeing his team record a four point weekend in the EPL play-offs.

The Tigers produced a seven-goal blitz in the second period of their 7-0 win at home to Peterborough Phantoms on Saturday, while five goals in the opening 20 minutes laid the groundwork for an 8-3 success at Sheffield Steeldogs the following day.

Despite the victories Watkins warned his players against complacency.

“It was a good four points overall this weekend and obviously needed after dropping two points at home to Guildford in midweek,” said Watkins.

“We have shut teams out in one period over the last two games, but we’ve got to play for the sixty minutes.

“We’ll come up against some good teams who will make it hard for those sixty minutes and we have to make sure we play well for three periods.

“It was nice to get in front and play with a lead against Sheffield, but I do feel we took our foot off the gas again and we have to keep ploughing ahead.

“We were great in the second period against Peterborough and to give up just two or three shots during that time showed it was pretty much one-way traffic.

“I think we became a little complacent in the third period and stopped playing a bit. But we just said to the guys to keep the good habits that gave us as edge.

“We now have another huge game on Wednesday. Guildford are a team with the experience and ability to do well in these play-offs. I think they are dark horses.”

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