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Giants boss calls on his players to kick on after ending poor run

by Chris McCann

Doug Christiansen has challenged his Belfast Giants players to show that they can respond to adversity once again after they turned their current losing run into a much-needed victory.

The Giants snapped out of a run of three consecutive home defeats with a 2-0 win over the Hull Stingrays at the Odyssey Arena on Sunday night.

Both Mark Garside and Christian Boucher found the net for the home side.

This was after coming through a period, where coach Christiansen was just about able to ice the minimum number of players, with half a dozen players on the injured list, and still maintained their lead at the top of the Elite League table.

The Giants had lost three times in four games at a time when players like Brandon Benedict and Mike Hoffman have returned.

Christiansen labelled one of the the latest of those defeats, Thursday’s 3-2 reverse at the hands of the Newcastle Vipers, as “incredibly disappointing” and “probably the most disappointing of the season so far”, but he would have saw enough in the performance and the attitude of his players in Sunday’s game session to suggest that there is a determination to arrest the slump.

And he will be happy following the win over the Stingrays.

Christiansen is well aware that the fixture list throws up three successive contests against the Nottingham Panthers.

Managers and coaches often trot out the line about taking one game at a time.

Given that the Giants are in need of getting back on track before facing the Panthers there is no doubting the validity of that statement when it comes from |Christiansen.

“The Nottingham games are so far in the back of my mind that they’re almost not there at all.”

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