Good form gives Johnston good vibes ahead of Streatham Redskins’ clash with Cardiff Devils

Joe Johnston’s cautious confidence ahead of Streatham Redskins’ game against Cardiff Devils on Saturday signals the rich vein of form his side have struck.

Four straight wins have propelled the Redskins to third in the table, whereas a stuttering Cardiff travel to London on the back of three defeats.

And with American star Sean Scarbrough back in the Streatham ranks, the Redskins have a full squad to pick from.

“We’re careful to not be over-confident or cocky or arrogant,” said the Streatham captain.

They’ve had quite a few changes this season but they always bring a hard-working and tough game to the ice rink.

“I’ll be disappointed if we don’t get a win.

“Things are good around the place at the moment.”

Scarbrough’s return is a boost for the Redskins, although Johnston said the club’s current good run has left the Californian sharp-shooter joking that he’s not sure Streatham need him any more.

“Sean coming back is only going to enhance our chances going forwards,” said Johnston.

Johnston identifies the shock of their 12-4 cup mauling at Invicta Dynamos on September 20 as the catalyst for their recent surge in form.

“We could have gone downhill and lost the plot, or shown some character and come out fighting and luckily that’s what we did,” he said.

“Since then it’s been really good. Last week was one of the best team performances for quite a while. Everyone worked for the team and put their bodies on the line.”

And with Johnston’s responsibilities as principal goalscorer being shared around this season, he is relishing his new role.

“I’m still getting a lot of assists and playing a little bit more defensive,” he added.

“I’m enjoying that, it’s a different challenge for me.”

Feature picture of Joe Johnston courtesy of Rick Webb

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