Wood pleased with Steeldogs’ powers of recovery

Sheffield Steeldogs‘ Head Coach Greg Wood praised his team’s powers of recovery after seeing them bounce back from one of their most disappointing results of the season.

The Steeldogs crashed 3-0 at home to Bracknell Bees last Thursday, but produced a much-improved performance at Guildford Flames three days later.

Despite having netminder James Hadfield thrown out of the game in the third period, the Steeldogs dug deep to record a 1-0 victory – a result which delighted Wood.

“Any team coming to Guildford are going to have to weather a few storms,” he told the Sheffield Star.

“Defensively we were very sound. They had a lot of chances but we kept them on the outside, shots coming from the boards but not much from in close.

“I’m very impressed with Brandon Stones coming off the bench when Hadfield took his penalty – he kept the shut-out alive.

“It was a testing situation to put Brandon in, but he played magnificently when he came in. I’ve said all along we have strength in depth and this shows that applies to the netminding too.

“The Bracknell game was one of the lowest points I’ve had since becoming coach – everyone was disappointed after the game, and there wasn’t much I could say.

“We knew collectively that we had to be better. Games like that are going to happen – we will have off nights, but we’ve bounced back from that.

“At the moment it doesn’t matter where you are in the league, it makes no difference. We just have to keep working and getting the results and the positions will count in March.

“We need to stick to our systems and work on the things that we do well, the wins will come if we keep doing this. We will keep ourselves in contention and I know there is even more to come from this team.”

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