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Make it easy on yourselves, Blaze; Coach calls for his team to cut down on damaging penalties.

Byline: By Matt Bozeat

CASSIDY Coventry Blaze head coach Paul Thompson has told his players to "stop killing themselves" as they head into a crucial pair of fixtures this weekend.

Blaze travel to Basingstoke Bison tonight and then host Newcastle Vipers at the Sky-dome tomorrow (6pm) aiming to stay in touch with the pacesetters in the bmibaby Elite League.

They are currently six points behind leaders Nottingham Panthers and have games in hand on the three sides above them.

Blaze go into the double header boosted by last weekend's back-to-back wins over Basingstoke in the Challenge Cup and Sheffield Steelers. But Thompson was unhappy with what he describes as his side's "indiscipline" in the 4-1 thrashing of Steelers.

Blaze clocked up 37 penalty minutes in the game and had to hang on when Steelers had a five-on-three advantage in the second period.

Thompson wasn't happy with the way the game was officiated and added: "It was out best performance of the season, but we let ourselves down a bit with our indiscipline.

"There was some frustration with the officials, but we have to be professional and deal with it.

"I've told the players to stop killing themselves.

"The boys were phenomenal and got through it in the end, but they made hard work of it."

Thompson is desperate to see his side chalk up two more wins to turn up the heat on the sides above them.

"This is another big weekend for us," he said. "We are a few games behind the other teams and we have to keep winning to take advantage of that."

BLAZE have swopped the dates of their fixtures with Nottingham Panthers in December. The sides will now meet at the Skydome on Sunday, December 3 (6pm) and the previous night in Nottingham (7pm).
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Oct 14, 2006
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