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Giants need to trust in each other, says Reddox

 

Liam Reddox scored the goal that qualified the Giants for the quarter-finals of the Challenge Cup (William Cherry/Presseye)
Liam Reddox scored the goal that qualified the Giants for the quarter-finals of the Challenge Cup (William Cherry/Presseye)
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

Winger Liam Reddox believes that the Belfast Giants need to stick to their "process" if they want to start getting the results they're looking for.

The Giants have been frustratingly inconsistent to start the season, going 5-1-1 at home in the early stages of the campaign but failing to win any of their first five games on the road (0-4-1).

As a result, Adam Keefe's side are already struggling just to get out of their Challenge Cup group and need a point at the Glasgow Clan on Saturday to make it.

However, more concerning are the performances. The Giants have fallen to losses having led at some point in all three of their domestic away games.

As well as that, at each of the Manchester Storm, Fife Flyers and Dundee Stars, the Giants have been level heading into the final period and have succumbed to defeats in all three.

"You look at any team, the big thing is consistency. A lot of teams struggle with consistency. I think it does come down to focusing on those little details," said Reddox, one of the most experienced on the roster having made 100 NHL appearances.

"When things start going wrong and you're chasing a game, you're looking for that big play, you're looking for that big goal, and then guys get individual and do things on their own.

"It's with good thoughts in their mind to try and help the team, but at the end of the day it doesn't help the team because then you've got five individuals out there.

"The way I look at it is small details together. Five-men units on the ice. Every time you get on the ice, you go, you play hard. Then you start getting those bounces because it's five men playing together.

"This league is too good for guys to go one-on-five. You're not going to beat teams. It's about sticking together, sticking to the process, and trusting our game is good enough when it's 2-2 in Fife or 3-3 in Dundee that we're going to get the results."

Tonight, the Giants at least get the chance to put their domestic campaign to one side as they return to the SSE Arena and European action in the Champions League against Swedish outfit Lulea (face-off 7.30pm).

Sitting bottom of Group C with a 1-2-1 record, the equation is simple for the Giants. Win both games in regulation against the 2015 CHL champions - they meet in Sweden next Tuesday for the final group game - and they progress to the knockouts. Fail to do so and they are out.

Although there is still a mathematical chance of progressing, Reddox insists that's not their focus and instead they will aim to hit their own targets against the SHL heavyweights.

"It is about showing up and showing what kind of character this team has. Especially after the last game on the road there (a 4-3 loss in Dundee), we need a huge bounce back. It's going to be a good character test for us," admitted the 33-year-old, who is familiar with Lulea having played against them plenty during his time with Vaxjo.

"We can't look past a shift though. If you look past one shift then they'll bite you, so it's one shift at a time and that should be our mentality moving forward.

"It'll be fun. It'll be a good test. It's a good team coming in here and they'll demand a tight, strong team effort from us.

"It's perfect timing because we'll have to have our best game to compete with these guys and get a result."

The Giants will be without captain and defenceman Matt Pelech tonight, who is serving the second game of his two-match suspension, but fellow blue-liner Jesse Forsberg will return to the line-up.

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