Oliver wants Raiders response
PUBLISHED: 17:00 13 November 2015
‘Senior players need to step up’
London Raiders defenceman David Oliver says the team’s senior players need to step up, as they look to bounce back from back-to-back losses.
After a 5-0 cup defeat at Chelmsford, Raiders slipped to a 6-1 loss at Invicta in the National League.
And they welcome Cardiff to Lee Valley tomorrow (Saturday), looking to extend a four-match unbeaten run on their own ice.
Oliver said: “I know there is a bit of frustration about the weekend scorelines, but there no need to panic at all.
“The team is in a much better place than last year, on the ice and financially off it.
“We haven’t got the biggest wage budget in the league, but one thing Alan (Blyth) has done is get in a great mix of young and senior players.
“The youngsters have been outstanding from the start of the season and have been outplaying some of us senior players.
“With the senior players we have that shouldn’t be happening. We have a lot of experience, with league winners and cup winners in this league, and EPL experience.
“As one of the senior players I’m putting my hands up and saying we now need to up it to the next level and above that.”
Raiders have already beaten Cardiff at home (7-3) and away (10-6) this season, but the Welsh club held Invicta to a draw recently and climbed off the bottom of the table with a 1-0 win over Bracknell last weekend.
Oliver added: “Saturday’s game against Cardiff is a four-pointer. We have a good thing going on at home, we’re unbeaten in four matches and aim to keep it going.
“This team has great charisma, it’s one of the best I’ve played in. We’re all on the same level on and off the ice.
“We train once a week and do the very best we can do with that hour and 15 minutes we get.
“We will be back to work, putting it right for the weekend and we want to put on a great show that the fans deserve.”
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