Manchester Phoenix not ‘down in the mouth’ about injuries in tough week

Manchester Phoenix are getting ready to face three matches in five days in what will undoubtedly be a difficult week. 

Phoenix enter the tough spell off the back of a topsy-turvy weekend, winning away and losing at home. 

Tony Hand’s side came from behind twice to clinch the win away against Bracknell Bees 4-2 however they couldn’t repeat the result at home against Basingstoke Bison, losing 3-4.

“We’ve got a short bench so we’re asking so much of everyone at the moment,” said Manchester Phoenix owner Neil Morris.

“We took 50% of the points away from last weekend, which would’ve been a good result even with a fully fit team.

“On Sunday we chased Basingstoke down to the last minute.

“A couple of unlucky hits of the post took the match from us, it was a good performance overall but they were just a bit too strong.” 

Phoenix have been helped out in recent matches by Deeside Dragons but Premier League rules mean that extra players must be used sparingly as players over-23 can only represent Phoenix on three occasions. 

“We’ll get stronger as the season goes on. I think we’ll be up there because we’re not down in the mouth about the injury situation,” added Morris.

“This coming week will be particularly testing but you have to play what’s in front of you.”

Phoenix face Milton Keynes Lightning away on Wednesday 7 and return home to face Peterborough Phantoms on Saturday 10 and Hull Pirates on Sunday 11.  

Main image courtesy of OfficialPhoenix via YouTube, with thanks.

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