Keefe lets rip after Giants stumble on the road again
An irate Adam Keefe has accused his Belfast Giants players of lacking "passion and character" after their fifth straight away defeat to start the season.
The Giants have been abysmal outside of the SSE Arena to start the campaign, picking up just one point from their five games on the road and turning in some decidedly below-par displays.
After understandable defeats away to superior opposition in Bili Tygri Liberec and Augsburger Panther in the Champions League, the Giants have gone on to drop points at the Manchester Storm, Fife Flyers and Dundee Stars since beginning their domestic campaign - three games they would be expecting to win.
But even taking out those European defeats, the Giants have scored just six goals in their three domestic road games and have conceded an unsustainable 11 at the other end.
The latest of those losses - a 4-3 reverse at the Stars on Saturday night - saw them take a 3-2 lead into the latter stages of the game, only for Colton Kroeker's double to strike a hammer blow and steal the points, leaving Keefe incensed.
Not only was the defeat the latest in a string of poor results away from home, it also leaves the Giants needing a win over the Glasgow Clan at Braehead Arena next weekend to guarantee their qualification for the knockout stages of the Challenge Cup.
"Not very good. Despite us not being very good, we had our opportunity to put that game away there," blasted the head coach.
"Being 3-2 up in the final period on the road, what happened there in the last five or six minutes there from us just isn't good enough.
"To me, we're lacking passion and character to gut that one out, and that's disappointing. That's something we're going to have to look at.
"Obviously our team isn't ready to go. We're not in good enough shape right now because we can't seem to withstand a second night on the road.
"It was not a pretty sight to watch."