Hull Stingrays have skills to succeed, says Kurtis Dulle
CAPTAIN Kurtis Dulle insists Hull Stingrays have "all the tools" to succeed this season – despite winning just once in their last 10 games.
Stingrays snapped an eight-match losing streak by beating Dundee 4-3 last Saturday, before losing 4-2 to table-topping Sheffield on Sunday.
And Dulle says it's frustrating Stingrays have not got more to show for their efforts, given four of the defeats came after penalty shoot-outs.
"We have the right mindset this year and the right attitude," he said.
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"We have players who want to score goals, we have all the tools, but we're not producing the wins. You think 'what's going on?' as at the start of the season we scored six goals a game.
"Maybe we didn't worry about things and went out and played and scored goals. Then we kind of slowed down. I don't know if we've got to get back to everyone just relaxing and having fun, instead of thinking about it too much."
Dulle missed last weekend's clashes having been admitted to hospital with a mystery bug.
Now back in the gym and training, the Canadian believes he'll be ready to play against Fife at Hull Arena on Saturday (6.30pm).
"I'm on the mend, I think it was a bug, it took all the energy out of me and I've lost a lot of weight," said Dulle.
"I'm just getting back my energy.
"I went to the gym yesterday and I'm training this week, although I'm not 100 per cent.
"As far as I know I am still healing up and I'm sure by Saturday I'll be ready to go."
Dulle followed Stingrays' games on twitter from hospital last weekend.
He said: "It's never fun sitting out when the team is playing. It's one of those bitter-sweet things, as you never know if a team wins while you're away you think will they still need you?
"But, seriously, we needed to win badly regardless of whether or not I was in the line-up.
"We haven't played Fife yet, but we know they won't be pushovers. We only have the one game this weekend so there are no excuses we've got to leave it all out on the ice."
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