SWINDON Wildcats player-coach Aaron Nell wants to see his side dig deep for a victory when his troops tackle Basingstoke Bison in the NIHL Cup tonight.

The Link Centre side have suffered a turbulent period to their season of late, with two wins and two defeats in their last four games.

Now Nell, who has notched three times this season, wants to see his team bounce back from defeat with a cup win in Hampshire.

The cup tie is the club’s only fixture this weekend, something which only sharpens Nell's focus on a further two points.

“We have got one game this weekend so we can empty the tank. There is nothing else to think about, it is black and white. We need to go there and get a result,” he said.

“Basingstoke games are always tough games and we need to step up and put in a big performance. We can go there and get a result, we know that, we just need to cut out the mistakes and play smart and dig out two points.

“We need to go there and try to get a win that would put is in a really good spot in the cup.

“We are a team that never want to lose two in a row. We bounced back last Saturday night after a tough Sunday the previous weekend, so we have got to do that again this weekend.”

The 27-year-old also reiterated to his players that while it’s never good to lose, it’s important they don’t dwell on their defeats.

He also acknowledges some of his players may be frustrated by their performance against Peterborough, he says a win at Basingstoke will be the best remedy for his troops.

“All we can do is work harder and smarter and improve, there is no point being down. It is not nice to lose but you have got to learn from everything that happens and that is what we will do.

“Whenever you lose, you want to play the next day to get it back, so it is not nice to come into a weekend when we are away from home after we have lost at home.

“We would have loved a home game but we will just have to go to Basingstoke and try to get a win on Saturday night.”