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Venus: "We are determined to put this right"

Genting Casino Coventry Blaze forward Ross Venus today spoke about his frustration with the club’s recent results but vowed that he and his teammates are willing to do everything that they can to help put things right.

Preparing to make an 11th appearance for his country against Norway tomorrow night in Cardiff, the Solihull born forward is clear in his determination to help the club start picking up some much needed points.

“I don’t think we have played that badly at times, although in certain aspects of the game we could have been better that’s for sure, but generally are we happy with the performances? No, of course not,” insisted the 22-year-old. “We are determined as a group to put this right, we know the fans, who are brilliant, are hurting, but as a group so are we, and that is what will continue to drive us on to put things right. We have good character in the room. Lots of experience and there is no reason why we cannot turn this around.”

Venus also took time to pay tribute to Blaze netminder Brian Stewart, injured following a collision with Sheffield Steelers’ defenceman Zack Fitzgerald during Blaze’s 9-5 defeat in Yorkshire on Saturday.

“Stewie is right up there with the best netminders in the league so to be without him for most of the game on Saturday and then all of Sunday was a huge blow. Renny (Marr) of course did his best but Sheffield are tough enough to beat when we are at full strength so to go into the game on Sunday without Brian, and then Ash and Cowls too (Ashley Tait and Russ Cowley) meant we were right up against it. The club have asked DOPS (Department of Player Safety) to review it, and it will be interesting to see what the outcome of that is.”

With two home games this weekend and the Blaze fans right behind the team, Venus hopes that the meeting with Belfast Giants in the Elite League and a do-or-die Challenge Cup encounter with the Manchester Storm could be a spring board for the season.

“Saturday we have a good opportunity at home to pick up some league points. No one in this dressing room wants to be sitting in 9th place in the league. Then on Sunday it’s a must-win game for us if we want to have a chance of progression in the Challenge Cup, so it’s a massive weekend. It’s up to us to get this season turned around, starting on Saturday.”

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