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Giants must be clinical: Farnham


Ruthless touch: Bobby Farnham wants the Giants to rack up more goals
Ruthless touch: Bobby Farnham wants the Giants to rack up more goals
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

Goals are still proving hard to come by for the Belfast Giants this season, but within the changing room the team aren't concerned by their lack of finishing.

After thumping the Glasgow Clan in a 6-1 blowout win in their Challenge Cup opener, the Giants scored only once in their first Elite League game at the Manchester Storm in what would be a frustrating 2-1 overtime defeat.

It means that in their six games so far this season, the Giants have failed to score more than two goals in four of them, despite producing more than enough chances in each.

Of course, four of those games came in the Champions League against sides considered superior to them, while they have faced some strong netminding performances from Augsburger Panther's Markus Keller (twice) and the Storm's Matt Ginn.

But the absence of a clinical touch in front of goal has already cost them this year, despite being solid at the other end with a strong defence backing excellent netminding from Shane Owen.

Winger Bobby Farnham pointed out: "We scored six on Saturday. You should be able to win 2-1 games, you should be able to win 6-5 games.

"That's something we need to keep working on in practice, we'll lose games if we don't finish our chances.

"We were happy with some of the things we did (against Manchester), but if we'd buried some more of our chances to make it 2-0 or 3-0 then it would have been nice. It's tough to drop a point."

There is no urge to press the panic button, however. The six goals scored against the Clan was proof that this team has goals in it, as was the 5-4 win over Bili Tygri Liberec in the CHL, so there have been promising glimpses from the attack.

Lewis Hook added: "We're an offensive team, scoring one goal in Manchester is probably never going to be enough, but we did have plenty of chances so I think the time will come.

"It's still early doors, but we do need to score more goals."

This weekend they'll need that offensive touch as they welcome the Dundee Stars to the SSE Arena tonight (7pm) before an Erhardt Conference clash against rivals the Nottingham Panthers in Belfast tomorrow (4pm).

Having won their opening Cup game, another win would put Adam Keefe's side in prime position to qualify from Pool A, but the key clash is tomorrow's clash with the Panthers as the Giants aim to avoid starting the season, and their Elite League title defence, with back-to-back defeats.

But Hook believes the rivalry won't be a factor against the Panthers.

He said: "It's a new year, we haven't played them yet this season. We just need to come out, play our game and not get drawn into anything. We're all just excited to rectify last week's result, and put in a good two games this weekend at home."

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