SWINDON Wildcats player-coach Aaron Nell says anything other than four points for his side will be considered a failure as they take on struggling Milton Keynes Thunder and Invicta Dynamos this weekend.

Off the back of a mini-revival in fortunes, the Cats host MK on Saturday before travelling to bottom side Invicta on Sunday evening as they aim to make it consecutive four-point weekends for the first time since early October.

The Wildcats currently sit top of the tree in NIHL South One, but have played four more games than their nearest challengers, Peterborough Phantoms, and Nell knows his side must start stringing more wins together if they are to be there come the end of the season.

As they head into the weekend’s fixtures, the key word for Nell right now is ‘consistency.’

He said: “It’s all about consistency now. We need to go into this weekend and get two wins so that when we come back off the break, we go into the final third of the season and make sure we peak at the right time.

“What we’re going to do in the league is take it a game at a time and start trying to claw back some points on Peterborough.

“When it comes to the cups and the play-offs, it’s two big games and they’re games you look forward to.

“I think our consistency needs to get better. We’ve got a few other things we’re going to be working on, but if we can bring that consistency every night, then it’s a big step forward.

“The two games coming up, we’re looking to get four points from them at the weekend. If we don’t do that, then it will be failure.”

After a largely dismal December – where the Cats picked up four wins from 10 games – Nell is hoping his side have seen the back of their slump and is telling his team to focus all their energy on the next two games, so they can enjoy their upcoming week off.

He said: “Everyone is a lot happier after last weekend and we’ve now got two games before our week off, so we need to get two wins to go into the break in the right way.

“We have to just take it one game at a time and make sure we work our hardest in every game while going into every game trying our best to win.

“I think we’ve hopefully hit the bottom now and we’re starting to claw our way back.

“This time last season, we really started picking up. Hopefully, we can do the same this season and have a great end to the season.

“We know that if we play our best, then we’ve got every chance of winning and we need to do that in each and every game.”