AARON Nell hailed the character of his Swindon Wildcats teammates after their first victory at Manchester Phoenix in more than a decade.
Nell was amongst the goalscorers for Cats as they held their hosts to a 3-3 draw through normal time and overtime, before Stevie Lyle saved two Phoenix penalty shots in the shoot-out.
It completed a happy weekend for Swindon, who had beaten Chelmsford Chieftains 4-1 at the Link Centre on Saturday night, and Nell was thrilled with the result when he spoke to Link Sport after the match.
“It was good. We played really well. Ryan had a gameplan and we stuck to it. We went 2-0 down and we just kept on going and going and we believed we could get back in the game. We deserved everything we got,” he said.
“It was great character. We never quit. In the past we go 2-0 down and that’s game over for us. Many a time we’d be playing well and it goes 2-0 and then bang, bang, bang and 5-0. We stuck to it, we stuck to Ryan’s gameplan and did really well.
“It’s just hard work. We all knew what we wanted to do, Ry had a great system and we stuck to it. I think they were a bit baffled. Normally we sit back at them and maybe respect them to much but we went at them and maybe surprised them.
“They were surprised at how hard we worked. Normally when they go 2-0 up it’s game over but we kept going and they didn’t expect that.
“It was a good feeling. Our equipment manager didn’t quite know what was happening, Bert, and it’s been a long time. It was great to be a part of.”