Revenge not an issue for Slava . . . but nothing less than a win will do

Ales Padelek scores his second goal of the night against Guildford Flames. Picture: Alan Storer
Ales Padelek scores his second goal of the night against Guildford Flames. Picture: Alan Storer
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Coach Slava Koulikov insists no thoughts of revenge will cross his mind as Phantoms prepare to face the English Premier League’s basement boys again this weekend.

The high-flying city side host rock-bottom newcomers Hull at Planet Ice on Sunday (5.30pm).

The clash comes only a fortnight after Phantoms turned in their worst performance of the season to slip up 2-1 on Humberside following penalties.

It is one of only two games Hull have managed to win so far in their debut season, but Koulikov is not interested in setting any records straight.

All that concerns him is collecting two more points to maintain their position among the EPL front-runners and clinch their place in the semi-finals of the EPL Cup.

Koulikov said: “Beating Guildford last Sunday was a big result in terms of the cup and it is important we pick up the two points against Hull as well.

“Qualifying for the semi-finals is one of our main objectives for the season and we are very close to doing it.

It wasn’t the result or performance we wanted up in Hull, but it is not about gaining revenge for what happened up there.

“We can’t change that game, but we can make sure we get things right in our rink and get the win we want.”

The cup table is based on results picked up by each team in the first round of home and away fixtures.

The clash against Hull is one of four more games which will count towards the cup standings for Phantoms.

The others are a Planet Ice date against Sheffield the following Sunday (November 15), a December 12 visit to Basingstoke and a trip to Bracknell.

Phantoms are not scheduled to travel to take on the Bees until February 12 unless the game postponed last weekend due to ice plant problems in Berkshire can be re- arranged at an earlier date.

Phantoms’ first assignment of this weekend is a trip to reigning champions Telford.

They already boast one success in Shropshire this season, but the Tigers are now returning to form after a difficult start to the campaign.

They triumphed at Planet Ice last month and slammed Sheffield 13-3 last Sunday.

Koulikov said: “It was always going to be the case that Telford would get their form going and they looked to have done that in recent weekends.

“We won there last season, we won there earlier this season, and we will try to do that again.

“But Telford are a machine and it was obvious they would always hit some form, but we are not afraid of any team and we will go there to play our game.”

Koulikov won’t take any risks regarding the fitness of import forward Milan Baranyk who is still being troubled by a knee problem.