It’s within reach: Manchester Giants coach Jeff Jones targets play-offs despite injuries

Manchester Giants’ coach Jeff Jones says the injury problems currently plaguing his squad have slowed down their play-offs push.

The coach was speaking after a 90-78 victory over Durham Wildcats that put the Giants two points off the play-off places, with two games in hand on Plymouth Raiders and one game in hand on Durham.

In the first few seconds of the game Yorrick Williams picked up an injury and missed the rest of the game, but coach Jones is hoping for the best.

“It’s not a serious injury, hopefully Yorrick will be fit for the game against Newcastle on Friday,” he said.

“He and Fab [Flournoy of the Eagles] have been playing for years and years and he will want to play against them.

“It’s another injury, we have had too many of those, it has cost us this season, if we had a fit squad then we would be achieving more this season.

“We have an opportunity now to achieve something, I wouldn’t say it was in our hands but we have a chance.”

Coach Jones is relaxed about the team’s play-off chances given they have four out of six remaining fixtures at home.

“We have the majority of our games at home, so hopefully we can build on that and secure a play-off place.

“We have a game away at Surrey, it is a game we should win and hopefully we won’t suffer the same disappointment as last season, where we just missed out.”

The Giants take on Newcastle Eagles next Friday at 19:30 at the Wright Robinson College.

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