RYAN Aldridge admitted the mental state his Wildcats side currently find themselves in made it hard for them to recover from Guildford’s third goal this evening.
Cats lost 5-2 at home to the Flames this evening but, after goals from Adam Harding and Lee Richardson had seen them come back from 2-0 down, they were well in the contest and were pushing for a winner.
Owen Fussey eventually gave the visitors the lead again at the start of the third period before David Longstaff found the empty night twice in the final minute, with netminder Stevie Lyle pulled, meaning Cats slumped to their fourth straight defeat.
Head coach Aldridge is keen not to put his players under too much pressure and was pleased with large elements of their display, but admitted the lack of confidence made it hard for them to battle from behind for a second time.
“Too many times we turned it over in our D-zone, not making the first pass forward, and that put us behind the eight ball,” he told Link Sport.
“They scored two big goals to start but I thought we were the better team for the second period but a sloppy goal eventually cost us the game. The way we are mentally right now meant that was too much for us to come back from.
“For the most part I was impressed with the desire of the players and that was pleasing.
“We don’t want to be putting too much pressure on guys to perform because they know they aren’t performing. We’ve seen them perform so will in the past, this year and last year, and it’s just finding a way to get them playing every night.
“We need to get our key guys scoring goals and we just made too many mistakes defensively.”
Next up for Cats is a league and cup visit to Bracknell tomorrow night.