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Nottingham Panthers squad are docked wages

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Nottingham Panthers players have been deducted 20% of last week's wages in response to a run of poor results.

Panthers have lost their last three matches, including Sunday's dismal 6-5 defeat by struggling Newcastle.

A statement on the club website said: "In a series of meetings the ownership and management have made it crystal clear that results are unacceptable.

"Regardless of the opposition it was felt vital to remind the players that the last three results are deplorable."

Panthers threw away a 4-1 lead against Cardiff in midweek to be beaten 6-5 in overtime, a defeat that was followed by a 6-1 hammering at arch-rivals Sheffield Steelers on Friday.

Coach Corey Neilson has reiterated his apology to the fans for recent results

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Their third loss in five days came at struggling Newcastle on Sunday, as they lost 6-5 in regulation time, after holding a 4-1 lead.

The statement continued: "Losses can be tolerated but not the manner of the last three defeats which have come after the team had, in some cases, what should have been commanding leads.

"To underline the players' responsibilities to the club and more importantly its fans, 20% of last week's wages will now be handed over to the Nottingham Teenage Cancer Trust.

"There is another big game on the schedule [against Coventry on Tuesday] and two more at the weekend, giving the players a quick-fire chance to show their true merit.

"The spotlight is very much on these upcoming games and coach Corey Neilson has reiterated his apology to the fans for recent results and, as he puts it, not getting the best out of the players."



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