EPL: Upset required if Sheffield Steeldogs are to keep season alive

Sheffield Steeldogs' player-coach, Greg Wood.
Sheffield Steeldogs' player-coach, Greg Wood.
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IF Sheffield Steeldogs are to reach the English Premier League finals weekend they will have to do something they have not managed all season – beat Peterborough Phantoms.

Six times Greg Wood’s side have come up against the regular season runners-up, six times they have lost.

Encouragingly, the closest they came to upsetting their Cambridgeshire rivals was, in fact, last week, when they went down 3-2 on the road thanks to a performance which gives Wood hope ahead of Saturday night’s quarter-final first leg at Ice Sheffield (7.30pm).

““We’ve not faired too well against them this season but they are very beatable - we saw that last weekend,” said Wood.

“We were understaffed at their place last week, but we gave them more than a game and we put them under a lot of pressure.

“You can only have a winning streak for so long and I hope it is us that ends that.”

Peterborough will look to repeat their three previous wins in South Yorkshire and, of the two sides, have the momentum coming into the post-season, with four wins our of their last five games.

The Steeldogs, by contrast, have won just one iof their last nine games, although Wood his confident his players will rise to the occasion over the course of the two legged-tie.

“Last weekend was all about building our form, getting a little bit of momentum and doing the little things right,” he added.

“It wasn’t about results in the end, it was more about performance. We were working on little things that are going to stand us in good stead this weekend.”