Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 April 2014

Paul Adey: rivals will show their steel

Heat is on: Paul Adey knows rivals will be fired up
Heat is on: Paul Adey knows rivals will be fired up

Paul Adey has claimed that the Sheffield Steelers will come to the Odyssey Arena for this weekend's massive first v second double header knowing that their Elite League title hopes are on the line.

Now with former Giants coach Doug Christiansen in charge, the Steelers are 15 points adrift of the Belfast Giants.

Adey, who took over at the Odyssey last summer, believes if that increases to 19 points by the end of the second leg of the double header tomorrow evening then Sheffield will find it too big a gap to claw back.

"I'm pretty sure they know that. It's obvious to everyone," said Adey.

"It's another big weekend for us – every weekend is big at this time with the position that we are in.

"We go out to play and find a way to get the points. That's what we'll be doing in both games this weekend and when we win it adds to the pressure that is on the other teams.

"I don't know how much pressure they feel, but it's something that everyone has and you have to learn how to deal with it.

"I think that we have dealt with it very well. We've coped well with the big games and got good results and performances in them."

With the Dundee Stars, who are currently third, facing the fifth placed Braehead Clan in another intriguing double header tonight and tomorrow, back-to-back success for the Giants could take them a big step closer to the title.

"We try not to think too far ahead, it's for others to worry about us. We'll work hard as we've done all year and we won't take anything for granted," said Adey.