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Giants captain Pelech insists team are angry over poor run

Huge weekend: Matt Pelech
Huge weekend: Matt Pelech
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

Belfast Giants captain Matt Pelech has admitted that the team are angry at themselves for their inconsistent form this season.

The defending Elite League champions are 8-5-2 and sit fifth in the standings, and although they are only five points behind leaders the Glasgow Clan with two games in hand, the performances have been far from convincing.

The Giants are currently in the midst of a four-game losing streak and are struggling for threats in front of net, having scored just six goals while on that poor run.

That has led to changes on the roster, with Jesse Forsberg and Jean Dupuy released earlier in the week and replaced by Ryan Lowney and David Goodwin.

Ahead of a massive double-header with title rivals, the Cardiff Devils, at the Viola Arena on Saturday and Sunday, Pelech has acknowledged that while the roster aren't feeling sorry for themselves, as a whole they are aware things have to change in order for them to start picking up points on a regular basis.

"I wouldn't say we're down, I'd say we're p***ed. Nobody is happy with their game at the moment, nobody's happy with our team game at the moment," he said.

"We need to use that and turn it into positive momentum this week. We have a huge weekend coming up and we can't let it linger. We have to come out and play."

On top of that, Pelech also believes the roster are suffering from a dip in confidence and that they have to power through the pain in order to get back to the level that saw them reel off six on the bounce before this current skid.

"The highs are too high and the lows are too low right now. If we get up, we've got to keep playing the same way, if we get down, we've got to keep playing the same way," admitted the defenceman.

"That's something we need to work on, and something as a leadership group we need to start holding people accountable for.

"We've got to keep taking strides in the right direction to really find our identity and play with it every night for 60 minutes. This league is too good, we're not going to win if we play for 50 minutes every night."

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