Cox: Response has been goodBy Adam Lee
October 28, 2010
Gareth Cox believes he has seen a marked improvement in his team over the last three weeks, and has praised his senior players for leading by example.
After Bees’ shock 7-1 defeat at home to Peterborough Phantoms at the start of the month, Cox made a rallying cry to his top foreign and British players to stand up and be counted as the club aimed to pull away from the bottom of the EPIHL.
And although the results on the ice have not been favourable to Bees, the performances have been better.
In an attempt to stop the rot, Cox switched his main forward lines, splitting up top goalscorers Michal Pinc and Jaroslav Cesky and playing them on different lines.
But the duo are still two of the top scorers in the EPIHL, and Cox is quite happy with the way they have been operating of late.
“I do feel there’s been a response, definitely,” said Cox.
“The imports have stepped up in the last three games as well the top Brits – it all helps out the younger players and we’re in a corner and we need to fight our way out of it.
“They (Pinc and Cesky) are as good as gold and you have to remember that they’re professional hockey players – they do what is asked of them.
“They played most of the third periods at the weekend together – it’s always there as an option for us, but the lines are working quite well at the moment.
“Everyone’s working hard and we’re scoring goals.”
After last night’s rearranged trip to Guildford Flames, which Bees lost 6-2, Cox's team have only one match this weekend, at home to Slough Jets on Sunday night (6pm face-off).