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Giants must up their game for title warfare, warns Keefe


By Stuart McKinley

Adam Keefe has told his Belfast Giants players that being good isn't good enough if they are to claim the Elite League title.

Keefe's rallying call comes after defeat to Braehead Clan on Boxing Day, but is not a knee-jerk reaction as he is looking at the bigger picture.

Keefe praised his team after they secured seven victories in nine league games during a marathon stretch of away games, but is warning against complacency with a run of nine successive home games, starting tonight with an Elite League clash against the Edinburgh Capitals.

He was, however, critical of the performance as they went down 3-2 in Braehead and is concerned that a loss of focus could be costly as they try to overhaul a six-point gap to the Cardiff Devils at the top of the table.

"The guys understand exactly how we need to play to win," said Keefe.

"Maybe we're thinking we're too good and are too confident, but that's on me.

"I have to keep these guys grounded and realise that it's not good enough to beat the big teams and then assume we are going to beat teams like Braehead. They outplayed us and out-skated us.

"I am happy with the overall look of the road trip. Seven out of nine is good, but we want better.

"I asked these guys to want more. Don't be complacent, don't be happy with good.

"If you want to win the league you have to be better than good," he said.

The SSE Arena is expected to be packed to the rafters this weekend as fans turn out in numbers after being without a home game for the last six weeks.

Keefe added: "The guys are really looking forward to it and we'll be happy to get home and play in front of our hometown fans."

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