IT was a similar story for Swindon head coach Ryan Aldridge as he watched his side go down to a team showing more desire than his Wildcats for a second straight night.
On the back of losing 2-1 at Basingstoke, Cats were beaten 3-1 at home to Milton Keynes tonight despite playing their part in an even contest before eventually coming off second best.
However, having questioned his side’s desire against the Bison, Aldridge was similarly frustrated tonight.
“It was the same as last night, we’ve been beaten by two teams who have more desire to win than us,” he said.
“They won the 50/50 battles in key areas and had more desire than us, simple as that. For us to win a hockey game everything has to be perfect and obviously we’re not going to be perfect every time.
“We were beaten by a hockey team with more desire but a similar line-up to us, although I would still take my team over theirs, but we need to show more desire.”
It’s now Aldridge’s job to help his Cats find that desire ahead of next weekend’s visit to Sheffield, but the Cats coach knows his players have to help themselves.
“The desire is inside you, for some it’s there every night and for other’s it’s in and out,” he said.
“Some players get up for different games than others, both the games this weekend were against teams who do whatever it takes and go hard to the body, and that’s when we’re not completely committed to doing the same thing back.
“We have to work and compete with them on the same level and then we can see our talent shine through.”
The third period of tonight’s game was delayed for work on the Link Centre ice pad, which angered MK coach Nick Poole.
“He’s a baby,” Aldridge said. “The ice wasn’t good enough and he was in the referee’s room sulking because he thought there was something wrong with one of our players, which there wasn’t.
“You pay a fee and the ice should be right and he was sulking.”