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Paul Adey urges Belfast Giants to start at square one

By Stuart McKinley

Paul Adey will ignore the first leg result and tell his Belfast Giants players to simply go for victory against the Cardiff Devils in their Challenge Cup semi-final tonight.

The Giants lead 7-1 from last week's first meeting in Belfast, but despite that lead, Adey won't treat the return leg as a dead rubber.

Instead he wants the team to extend their hot streak that has seen them win 16 of the last 17 matches, particularly as they are edging closer to clinching the Elite League title.

Adey's outlook before the first game was that two wins would ensure a place in the final, rather than worrying about the aggregate score and nothing has changed.

"We will play in like a normal game and go out to get the result," said Adey.

"I am sure that Cardiff are going to try to turn it around and I won't be surprised if they come out flying and look to get a couple of early goals.

"We have been scoring early in games ourselves and if we could do that again it would be a big help to us, but we have to play for 60 minutes and make sure that we don't give them a chance to overturn the deficit."

Adey will leave Evan Cheverie in Belfast when the team flies to Wales this morning.

It is hoped that the rest will help him be available to face the Hull Stingrays at the Odyssey on Friday night. Robbie Brown is ill, but everyone else in the squad will play.

"I am not even thinking about resting guys during the game or maybe having the chance to get Andrew Dickson into goal at some stage," said Adey.

"We're looking for the win and we're playing the game, not the scoreline."

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