INTERVIEW: North Ayrshire are Wild-ly respected says Pirates coach

Paisley Pirates Profile pictures on   ,2 September , Picture: Al Goold (www.algooldphoto.com)

Paisley Pirates Profile pictures
on ,2 September , Picture: Al Goold (www.algooldphoto.com)

PAISLEY PIRATES coach Ian Turley says they’re not taking North Ayrshire Wild lightly in their Scottish Cup tonight.

Wild will be hoping to bounce back quickly following their 19-0 annihilation to league champions Kirkcaldy Kestrels last week.

And Turley is hopeful of a better run in a tournament where the Pirates haven’t had too much success.

He said: “It doesn’t matter who we play and if I’m honest I never really pay any attention to other scores in the league.

“I’m really only concerned with what we are doing. However, this is a knockout competition and we cannot leave anything to chance, it’s important we give the Wild the respect they deserve.

“I’m very positive at this stage of the season and happy with the new guys that we have come in. I don’t think we are anywhere near the level we are capable of as yet, but we are progressing well.

“Historically the Scottish Cup is a competition where we have struggled in recent years and it would be great to have a good run this year, but as with any knockout competition it’s the team who turns up on the night who will go through.”

Pirates opened up their league campaign with a 2-2 draw over Dundee Tigers, coming back from 2-0 down to take a point from Tayside.

Despite this, Turley insists his team should have came away with a win although was satisfied at taking what he got.

And he talked up his team’s chances of winning the SNL this season, which they last won in 2013 and believes the Paisley men are capable of a challenge.

Turley added: “I think most of the guys felt like last week’s game was more like a loss as we out-shot the Tigers 39-18 but failed to capitalise when we should have.

“We knew they were going to be a different team from last season and they proved that. However, based on the circumstances with no home ice to train or play on until next week, a point was still good.

“As for the league, the gulf between clubs is a lot less than what it once was and I don’t think anyone is guaranteed anything this season.

“We take the season one game at a time and have to set our expectations as going to win every game, but at this stage every team is a challenger.

“It’s important that we stay grounded as it only takes a couple of good or bad games to change the direction of a season.”


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