24th Apr, 2019

Blips are "all part of the journey, it's all about how we respond" says Wasps head coach Mansfield

Ben Tyler 22nd Mar, 2019

MEL Mansfield’s Wasps look to get back to winning ways tomorrow (Saturday) when they visit joint-leaders Manchester Thunder in a top-of-the-table clash in the Vitality Superleague.

The Black and Golds have tasted defeat twice in their previous three games, having won their first seven games of the season prior to their blip in form.

Mansfield says her side is determined to put right the wrongs of recent weeks ahead of their second tie with Thunder in a month, after being handed their first loss by Saturday’s opponents at the Ricoh Arena two weeks ago.

“We weren’t good enough against Lightning on Monday night and we know exactly where we need to improve.

“It’s important you know what you do right when you win and what you do wrong when you lose.

“The players are determined to put it right and we’ve seen a very positive response in training this week.

The Wasps head coach believes that blips are expected from every side, but views them as an opportunity to learn how to become resilient in the face of a downturn in form.

“This is all part of the journey, every season has its ups and downs, and it’s all about how you respond.

“Nothing has changed in terms of our goal at the start of the season and that is to secure a top-four finish.”

Thunder started a three-game winning streak with the 64-55 win over Wasps, and Mansfield says her side will be well up for putting an end to that run.

“It hasn’t been long since we last played Thunder and that last match is still fresh in our minds.

“They are one of the in-form teams in the league right now and we will be up for the challenge.

“Every game is important and the big games keep coming at this stage of the season.

“We have made too many errors in the last couple of weeks, and that has been our downfall. We need to iron those out.

“This is a team game and we have all taken responsibility for the loss on Monday against Loughborough.

“We are still joint-top of the league on points and there is a lot of netball left to play this season. We need to improve from our last few performances but I’m confident this group can do that.”

Wasps are back in action at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday March 31 when they face London Pulse. For tickets and more information, head to www.waspsnetball.co.uk

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