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Walser lauds his hot Giants after winning return against Blaze

By Stuart McKinley

Derrick Walser claimed the difference between the Belfast Giants' two performances in their double header against the Coventry Blaze was the mindset of his players.

The Giants responded to Friday night's 2-1 defeat to win 4-1 on Saturday.

Results haven't always matched performances so far this season - although Walser was honest enough to admit that the outcome of both Friday and Saturday's games reflected how his team played each night.

It is a case, however, of when the Giants are very good they are among the best teams in the league, but on occasions when they are off the pace they find it hard to get results.

"Friday's game was just a disappointment. We came out flat and the guys got the message," said player-coach Walser. "We've got a veteran crew. We've got a lot of guys with character in there and they guys stepped up, everyone stepped up and did a great job.

"It was a team effort, we played exactly how we've been playing on the road and it proved that when we did it right we're going to be a great team, when we don't do it we're going to struggle."

After facing Braehead Clan at the Odyssey on Saturday the Giants have three away games in succession, against Cariff, Coventry again and then Nottingham.

It was only last weekend that they beat Coventry and Nottingham on the road and it is away from Belfast that Walser has been happier with performances.

"You've got to be consistent and that's something we've got to build on here is being consistent at home like we are on the road," he said.

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