Belfast Telegraph

Angry Walser demands swift response from ailing Giants

By Stuart McKinley

Belfast Giants player-coach Derrick Walser has vowed to make his players accountable after suffering two 5-1 defeats in three games.

Walser said that the Giants' performance against Manchester Storm on Saturday night was "not acceptable" with that result coming just six days after they lost in Sheffield by the same scoreline.

The Giants remain tied with the Sheffield Steelers in second place in the Elite League, 11 points behind leaders Cardiff.

They do have two games in hand on the Devils, but the Steelers have a further three in hand on the Giants and Walser will expect an immediate response when he takes the team to Fife and Edinburgh at the weekend.

"Maybe my preparation for the game wasn't good enough, maybe we're not holding guys accountable, but we'll fix that in a hurry this week," said Walser.

"We're not going to go on for the rest of the year like this.

"We're battling through seven games in a row on the road, doing pretty well.

"We came here and all we wanted to do was try to squeeze out a point or two and that performance just wasn't acceptable so guys will feel the consequences for that.

"We came in too relaxed. I knew it before the game and I tried to address it. I don't think we were flat, but we were just unwilling to pay the price to do the right things. We're going to work on it this week.

"It's a long year, but it's a tough road to climb right now and we've got to find a way to score more than one goal."

The Giants had won five in a row before going to Sheffield, but they have now suffered three successive losses after going down in a penalty shoot-out to the Nottingham Panthers on Friday night.

The attack was blunted over the weekend by the suspension to David Rutherford, but Walser won't allow that to be given as a reason for the defeats.

"Suspensions hurt us this week, a couple of guys are sick, but every team is going through the same things so excuses are out of the window, we just did not play the way we're supposed to play when we go to Manchester," said Walser.

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