Gardner: Defeat not an option for Clan

BRAEHEAD CLAN coach Paul Gardner believes his side must emerge victorious in tonight's Challenge Cup semi-final first leg to have any real hope of making the final.

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The Renfrewshire club go into the home game with Sheffield Steelers having lost eight of their last nine games, leaving them clinging on to the final play-off spot.

And with third-top Sheffield providing this evening's opposition, Gardner knows Clan must produce the goods on home ice to stand them in good stead for the return next Tuesday.

He said: "I've never been to Sheffield, but I believe getting ahead in the first leg will be so important.

"We've got to win the game, or at least draw. I would hate to go down there with them having a lead.

"We're not favourites so we need a big effort. Everyone has to be on top form."

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