I won't let Belfast Giants take foot off gas, says Keefe
Adam Keefe has warned his Belfast Giants players that he won't accept any slackening off as their demanding schedule of 10 consecutive away games draws towards a conclusion.
Instead, Keefe is targeting three more victories in what remains of 2017 so that the Giants, who entered Christmas sitting in second place in the Elite League table, two points behind the Cardiff Devils, can approach huge double-header weekends in January against the Sheffield Steelers and Nottingham Panthers that could well define their season in good stead.
Tonight's clash with Braehead Clan in Glasgow brings to an end six weeks of travel and playing on the road, with the last home game being on November 19.
Keefe won't let focus sway towards Friday's return to the SSE Arena when the Edinburgh Capitals come to town. For him, the old adage of taking one game at a time has never been more appropriate.
"I don't want us to be looking at how well we have played up until now and think that we have done enough," said Keefe.
"We need to see this out, stay in the moment and not get comfortable because that's when we can slip up.
"It's been a tough run, but we've got ourselves into a good position and we have to keep doing the things we have been."
The Giants players haven't let the tough schedule get to them. Instead, they have stepped up to the mark, winning seven of their eight league games as well as a Challenge Cup draw with Fife Flyers - the only blip being a below-par performance which brought about a 5-3 defeat to the Guildford Flames.
"We talked about how we approach this run and how to prepare mentally," said Keefe. "We have built momentum and other than the hiccup, I have ben pleased with how we performed.
"We want to get through this and then we can reflect and also look ahead to a number of home games, but we want to make sure we finish it well."