SWINDON WILDCATS: Aldridge targets powerplay improvement

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RYAN Aldridge has promised to go to work on the Swindon powerplay as he looks to sharpen up Wildcats’ offensive prowess.

Following the recent signing of Aaron Nell to supplement the significant talent of Jonas Hoog and Jan Kostal, Swindon have a trio that can cause nightmares for EPL defences.

However, head coach Aldridge saw his team waste a number of powerplays in the 6-3 win over Bracknell on Wednesday and has pledged to work on getting the best out of his top stars.

“Aaron gives you a chance to win every night, but I think that line was off on Wednesday,” he said.

“Jonas and Aaron didn’t really click but they still found a way to score four goals between them.

“I just don’t think that we retrieved pucks well enough.

“We took the shot and they got the puck every time and got it out.

“That’s obviously something to work on but we haven’t really had practice since Aaron’s been back in the line-up.

“We’ve been out once for one quick practice so we know we have to work on the powerplay, that’s for sure.”

Although keen to maximise his team’s attacking potential, Aldridge has far from forgotten about a defence that has conceded 19 goals in the last four games.

He said: “If our D-zone plays good, we’re a good hockey team.

“We struggle against the weaker teams with our D-zone because we have too much time and get too comfortable.

“Our D need to have that pressure to get the puck out and make that first pass quickly.

“We struggled in Telford and I think we struggled (against Bracknell) because we had that time to make our own mistakes.”

Swindon travel to Manchester this weekend to take on the second-placed team in the EPL and Aldridge believes a solid defensive effort is needed.

“Manchester have lost (Frankie) Bakrlik due to injury but they have brought in (Jaroslav Cesky) who can score on his day as well,” said Aldridge.

“They are still going to be a good team and we’ve got to go up there and play smart defensively.

“We know we’re going to score goals so we just have to play smart defensively for the rest of the year.”

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