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SWINDON WILDCATS: Lyle modest after heroic display at Bracknell
MODEST Stevie Lyle says he doesn't deserve plaudits just yet despite his incredible display in Sunday's win at Bracknell.
The Welsh goaltender kept out more than 98 per cent of the Bees' shots as Swindon Wildcats recorded an unlikely 2-1 victory after penalty shots at the Hive.
That gave the 33-year-old a save average of just over 94 per cent for the weekend in which Wildcats continued their excellent start to the EPL season with four points against the Berkshire side.
However, Lyle says he must produce for the rest of the campaign before being worthy of a pat on the back from his teammates.
“It's just one game and we've got another 40-odd to go. If I could do another 40 then I'll be open to some praise,” he said.
“It is nice, I was out stopping the puck which makes a change from the last couple of games as I'm finally doing my job.
“The puck went my way and the last couple of weeks it hasn't, it wasn’t really bad goaltending, I just wasn’t getting the bounces.
“It was one of those games where you kind of feel bad because the other team played better than us and I think they deserved the points, but that’s hockey.
“You get some nights where we’re the better team and we’ve lost, so that’s just the way it goes.”
Swindon face a testing double-header with Milton Keynes this weekend, the team that got the better of them earlier this month at the Link Centre.
And Lyle insists that lessons must be learnt if Wildcats are to compete and says that confidence is key in any future success.
“Next weekend will be harder so last weekend is something we can build off,” he said.
“We’ve got to learn from the Sunday game because we really shouldn’t have won it. We got away with it but come next week it’s going to be a lot tougher. It’s about coming into games and expecting to win, I think we need to start doing that now. We’re a good team.
“You always want to win at home on a Saturday and we usually do and you want to take that same mentality into the away games. We’re getting there. I’m working with Ryan (Aldridge, head coach) this year a little bit, not too much as a coach but fingers crossed we will get it sorted out.”
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