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SWINDON WILDCATS: Aldridge wants Cats to share responsibility
WILDCATS head coach Ryan Aldridge has urged his players to push the talent of star duo Stevie Lyle and Jonas Hoog to the back of their minds to ensure their superb start of the season continues.
Netminder Lyle and forward Hoog both produced sparkling displays to earn Cats a shootout victory at Peterborough on Sunday night, which moved them to third in the embryonic English Premier League table.
Aldridge believes the rest of his players have come to rely on Lyle a little too much and at times try to emulate Hoog, and the coach believes they need to concentrate more on their own games.
“I think some guys see Stevie in net and become a little bit lackadaisical because they know he’s good, and maybe some players watch the way Jonas plays and try to make the same little plays he does,” he said.
“We need to start playing a little bit harder and sort out a few issues that we have, and there are one or two things we need to try and work on.
“We brought Stevie and Jonas in because we want to challenge this season but we know we have to improve in certain areas, but for us to be winning hockey games without playing our best is very pleasing.”
The first period at Peterborough on Sunday was marred by a fight involving former Wildcat Nicky Watt which left Swindon’s Sam Smith requiring treatment for a cut and Watt ejected from the game for fighting, and after the forward was banned for his side’s two games this weekend Aldridge believes something needs to be done to avoid a serious injury in the league.
“I think it was absolutely disgusting to be honest because I really thought better of Nicky,” he said. “Sam didn’t want to fight, I was watching it the whole time and he jumped him and punched him three times while he was down and I like to think better of Nicky than that.
“I think we have seen already in the league this season there needs to a stampdown on thuggery, not just in our games because there has been a lot of serious incidents around the league.
“Someone’s going to get seriously hurt if something isn’t done.”
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