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Raiders ‘must keep focus’

PUBLISHED: 12:00 21 March 2015

London Raiders coach Alan Blyth looks on from the bench (pic: John Scott)

London Raiders coach Alan Blyth looks on from the bench (pic: John Scott)

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Coach Blyth asks team to stay disciplined

London Raiders coach Alan Blyth says his side need to keep their discipline if they are to be successful against Solent tonight.

Raiders suffered a second successive National League loss last weekend, as the Isle of Wight skated to a 5-1 win at Lee Valley following their 6-2 defeat at Invicta.

And Raiders have only a one-point lead over Oxford in the race for the final play-off spot, with a game in hand.

After their home meeting with Solent, they visit MK Thunder tomorrow before ending the regular season with a visit from bottom club Cardiff on March 28.

Blyth said: “It’s been a while since we have played Solent and it will be good to face a different opponent to give us a new test. 
“The past few weeks we have been below-par on the performances that we want produce and we will be looking to turn that around this weekend.

“The players will have been put their paces this week as we look to cement a play-off position this weekend. We need to inject a bit more grit, determination and urgency into our play.”

Raiders fell behind inside the first minute against the Isle of Wight and struggled to hit back, with import forward Jakub Kostelansky missing with illness and Bailey Wootton also absent.

Blyth should have Slovakian Kostelansky back this weekend and added: “Last weekend against Isle of Wight we conceded early and never really got going.

“We took a few too many penalties and this cost us. We missed JK and had to reshuffle the lines a bit.

“We need to be more disciplined in our play and play a smarter game. Solent will no different as they have a few agitators in their line-up that we must ignore and play our own game and not be distracted from our goal.

“They have a few scoring threats in Ralfs Cirencis, Drew Campbell and Alex Murray. We need to keep them tight and take away any chances they might create.”

Captain Tom Davis added: “With three games left and Oxford just a point behind we need two big wins this weekend to secure a play-off place.

“Solent are a team who don’t stop working hard and have had some big results this year, just like MK, but in my eyes both are winnable games.

“I know the team feels the same and wants that final play-off spot.”


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