Haryana Steelers Coach Ranbir Singh Khokhar said his side will have to let past results count for little as they get back on the road, with a clash against Puneri Paltan on Tuesday at the Harivansh Tana Bhagat Indoor Stadium, in Ranchi, their first since the home leg concluded in Haryana. The Steelers, who ended their home leg with a tie against Jaipur Pink Panthers, will look to climb back up the table as they are currently placed second on the Zone A standings.
“The home leg was draining, especially with the two losses but it has also been a welcome mid-league break as the local boys got to meet their families. We have returned to training and are ready to give it our all in this critical phase,” Khokhar said.
Puneri Paltan, who are placed fourth in Zone A, have played five games lesser than the Blues and come into the game following a 38-22 win over the Steelers in Sonepat, and Khokhar spoke about what went wrong in that clash and how his boys will look to avoid a repeat.
"We lost momentum right at the beginning in that game and never recovered. But we have since regrouped and analysed that and I'm confident the boys will put on a better show. It's a cut-throat group and no team can be underestimated. Even the teams at the bottom have their home legs left so all we must do is keep winning. Going forward, every game is critical for us to make it to the playoffs,” he added
The Steelers, who continue to field a team without the services of Vikash Kandola owing to an injury, will look to other raiders to fill in the gap as coach Khokhar provided an update on the youngster’s fitness. “We are missing Vikash but have already seen some fabulous raiders who have filled the void. Even in the games that we lost, Deepak Dahiya delivered. We are waiting for Vikash to get match fit - he has already begun hitting the gym.”
The match begins at 8 pm and will be telecast live on Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports HD 2, Star Sports First and Hotstar.