SWINDON Wildcats player-coach Aaron Nell said his team will be desperate to take four points from this weekend’s pair of games to get their title push back on track.

The Cats welcome London Raiders to the Link Centre on Saturday night before travelling across to Bracknell to take on the struggling Bees the following day.

After three defeats in a row for the first time since the middle of December last week, Nell’s men will likely fancy their chances of responding with a four-point weekend against two of the division’s bottom three.

However, it will be no easy task given that Bracknell were responsible for the Cats’ home defeat last weekend after departing Wiltshire with a 6-4 victory under their belts.

With Swindon needing the points to reel in table-topping Telford, and both London and Bracknell requiring some reward to make it into the end of season play-offs, Nell is positive fans can expect an exciting game at the Link Centre on Saturday night.

He said: “Our rink is always a difficult rink to come to, and of course we’re going to be a desperate team.

“We didn’t like the results last week, even though I though the performances were decent.

“But we need to get a win on Saturday, just like Raiders.

“They’re fighting to make it into the play-offs, so I’m expecting a really good game against Raiders – they always are.

“Bracknell are only a point ahead in the league too and they are in the same situation as London.

“So both games will be tough and, like we saw last week, if you get a few bad bounces you can lose to anyone.”

Following six consecutive wins in league and cup, Cats’ subsequent week went from bad to horrible.

First, Nell’s men were knocked out of the National Cup at the semi-final stage by Telford. Then came defeats by Bracknell on home ice before capping off a miserable week with an away loss against Peterborough.

Nell though was not too disheartened by recent events, and wants his team to forgive and forget ahead of another tough weekend of hockey.

He said: “We had a tough week last week – it was not how we wanted it to go.

“But I thought our performances, especially at the weekend, were good.

“There’s no point being down about it or frustrated about it – we’ve just got to go out and try to win our next game.

“That’s the mindset we talked about having after Sunday’s game and it’s the mindset I think we currently have.

“I thought we played two good games last weekend, we just came out on the wrong side of two one-goal games.

“There’s nothing we can do about it now, so we just need to keep on pushing forward and get that next win as soon as possible.

“This weekend is all about getting two results, and we’ve got to have the belief we can do that.”