Manchester Giants head coach Danny Byrne was disappointed to end a double header home weekend without a win.

Friday night’s 87-82 defeat to Plymouth Raiders was followed by an 86-82 reversal against Glasgow Rocks, a game in which the Giants led by 10 points on two separate occasions.

Byrne said: “It was very, very frustrating. To be up by 10 points in the first quarter, then be eight points up in the second quarter to go in at half time level, and then to stretch the lead out again in the third and fourth quarter to end up losing by four is so disappointing.

“We’ve been in so many tight games, we just don’t know how to get over the line.

“I can’t criticise any of the players. The work rate, the effort, the intensity and fight was second to none, it’s just in key moments like when we score, we tend to relax, when we’ve got to keep going and turn the screw. We lose focus at the wrong times.

“The group we’ve had now for the last six weeks, you can see we’ve clicked and gelled a little bit, if we’d started with these guys from pre-season and we were getting these results to start with, then that’s something we could work with to get the wins, but now we’re at the back end of the season, and when things go bad, they certainly do go bad unfortunately.”

The Giants face a tough trip to Newcastle Eagles on Friday night before the penultimate home game of the season against Sheffield Sharks at the Trafford Sportsdome on Sunday (5pm tip-off).

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