Cox: We have hit form at right timeBy Adam Lee
March 29, 2012
Gareth Cox is hoping last weekend's stunning victories, over Guildford Flames and MK Lightning, will be the springboard to see Bees into the EPIHL play-offs.
They travel to Sheffield Steeldogs on Saturday (7.30pm face-off) before hosting Swindon Wildcats at the Hive on Sunday (6pm) in what is undoubtedly the club’s most important weekend in three seasons.
But having recovered from the disappointment of the double defeat to rivals Peterborough by beating Guildford and then MK last weekend, Bees’ head coach believes his team might be hitting form at just the right time.
Granted, Bees still tend to find themselves in a fair bit of penalty trouble, but with the team looking solid on the penalty kill, their more robust approach could be the catalyst to success.
And, with 10 goals scored against two of the best teams in the league last weekend, four of them on the powerplay, it seems the lack of confidence in front of goal has also taken a turn for the better.
“Hopefully we are cioming into form at just the right time,” said Cox.
“We’re scoring some goals now – the PP is looking good and the PK has worked well this weekend.
“We'll keep working on that in the week.
“Sheffield and Swindon will be really tough next week, but if we play like we have this weekend then we will be fine.
“Both have something to play for and there will be more twists and turns.
“We always like to do it the hard way so why should next weekend be any different?”
Peterborough face a double header with Manchester Phoenix in their final two games.
But with Phoenix still aiming to finish as high as possible in the league to guarantee a more favourable play-off quarter-final tie, Cox knows they will not roll over for Peterborough.
But with Sheffield and Swindon also looking to improve their league placings, Bees can’t hope for any favours either.
“Manchester are still playing for second spot, they got a good win against Guildford on Sunday and are still battling hard,” he said.
“All five of the teams playing in those games next weekend have got something to play for and it’s not over until its over, but hopefully next Sunday we will be the ones celebrating having made the play-offs.
“We’ve got ourselves into this hole and now we have to dig our way out of it.”
Although Bees have no new injury concerns ahead of this weekend’s crunch matches, but the fans will be hoping the players put their bodies on the line to make sure the club ends a near three-year wait to crash the end-of-season play-off party.