Belfast Giants need to show more and compete harder, warns Reddox
Belfast Giants winger Liam Reddox has vowed that it will be an angry team that travels to the Dundee Stars for their Elite League clash tomorrow night.
The Giants are smarting from a 6-3 loss to the Stars at the SSE Arena on Monday, their third home loss against the Scots this season, which ended a three-game win streak and dealt another blow to their title hopes.
Adam Keefe's side still trail league leaders the Sheffield Steelers and are in desperate search of some consistency to try and kickstart their title defence.
Reddox admits the team perhaps let some complacency creep in, which contributed to Monday's loss, and now they have to pay the price by producing a bounceback performance.
"We don't have a choice. We have to look forward because we're not getting much from (Monday)," said the winger, who had two assists in the 6-3 loss.
"We've got to dial it in, take it a game at a time here. I think we started looking a little too far ahead. Certainly that's what it looked like to me. We've got to get back to smaller details. When we do that, we're successful.
"We're going to be p***ed off, we're going to have some vinegar in our game. We need to. That's when we play our best. We've got to compete a bit harder."
The season series between the Giants and Stars has been a bizarre one, with Dundee winning three of four in the SSE Arena but the Giants winning two of three in the Dundee Ice Arena.
Reddox can't explain why this is, but insists it doesn't matter and that they need to get down to basics to get back in the win column against the Stars tomorrow before going into a two- game weekend against the Coventry Blaze in Belfast.
"We know how (Dundee) play. It doesn't matter if it's in our building or their building, they play the same way," he added.
"I just feel like at times against this team we get frustrated and we want a little more than we really should, rather than sticking to the basics and doing the right things."