London Raiders coach Easton believes there is more to come

PUBLISHED: 14:00 19 September 2017

London Raiders coach Sean Easton talks to his side during their game against Milton Keynes Thunder (Pic: John Scott)

London Raiders coach Sean Easton talks to his side during their game against Milton Keynes Thunder (Pic: John Scott)


London Raiders head coach Sean Easton believes there is more to come from his side after their opening weekend of the 2017/18 season.

The Lee Valley-based club suffered a 5-3 defeat to rivals Streatham in the NIHL Cup at home on Saturday before redeeming themselves with a 7-5 away win against Milton Keynes Thunder in the league on Sunday.

The newly-appointed coach admits his side were outworked on Saturday and can’t afford to let that happen again.

“I was disappointed with the effort levels Saturday, first home game of the new season in a refurbished rink and we didn’t skate for the fans,” Easton said.

“We knew we would be match rusty and that are passing game would be off, but other than 10 minutes in that game we were second best, effort is not a skill and players should be skating harder to battle out the match rust.”

Easton also revealed he had strong words with his side after Saturday’s loss and believes the players were over thinking his plans.

“I had stern words after the game Saturday.

“I feel they were over thinking the game, a new coach with new systems and they just looked like they were worried to make mistakes, but at the same time we didn’t have the work ethic to win the game.

“There are plenty of excuses we could use but basically we didn’t work hard enough.”

The gold and blue outfit bounced straight back the following with 7-5 win although they still make hard work of the game after finding themselves 6-1 up after 29 minutes.

“Sunday was a huge turn around, we out played and out skated a great skating team,” the 31-year-old said.

“We took away time from a highly skilled team and did not let them play.

“We frustrated them and didn’t allow them to play their game.”

The former Chelmsford Chieftains coach also believes Sunday’s performance is what his side are about and expects more of that in the coming weeks.

“Hopefully that’s a sign of things to come,” he said.

“We have skill in our team, but so does everyone, with our big bench I expect us to grind teams down.”

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