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London Raiders ‘have lot of work to do’

PUBLISHED: 16:00 10 February 2016 | UPDATED: 11:57 11 February 2016

London Raiders celebrate a goal against Invicta (pic: John Scott)

London Raiders celebrate a goal against Invicta (pic: John Scott)

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Defenceman Oliver disappointed by double setback

London Raiders defenceman David Oliver (left) battles for the puck against Invicta (pic: John Scott)London Raiders defenceman David Oliver (left) battles for the puck against Invicta (pic: John Scott)

London Raiders defenceman David Oliver says the team have a lot of work to do, starting at training tonight (Wednesday).

Defeats against top two Invicta (7-2) and Chelmsford (8-2) last weekend extended the team’s winless run to 11 matches in all competitions.

And the double setback left assistant captain Oliver very disappointed as he said: “It wasn’t the best weekend for us.

“Saturday we were very short of players, which was frustrating as we had changed the lines around at training and the new lines were looking good on Wednesday night.

“We got off to a very slow start and that showed with Invicta getting two very early goals and from then on we were up against it.”

Raiders had only 11 skaters available for the visit of the Dynamos, including debutant Evander Grinell, but were 6-0 down by the time Mason Webster finally found the net.

“We kept pushing for the goal but couldn’t get it until the third period, which was too late for us to get back into it,” added Oliver.

“With the guys we had, we pushed until the end and you can see that with the shots on goal, but Damien King is just one of those netminders we can’t get past.”

Seb Downing added a late consolation past back-up goalie Glen Rodbourne, as Raiders edged the shot count 40-35 overall in the 7-2 loss.

And they took the lead at Chelmsford the following night through Bailey Chittock to suggest a shock might be on the cards.

Chieftains hit back with four goals in the middle period, though, and skated off comfortable winners despite a late reply from Raiders captain Tom Davis.

Oliver added: “Sunday is still hard to get over. The first 20 minutes was our best 20 minutes of the season by a long way, we were winning every 50/50 puck, shooting the puck, pressurising Chelmsford’s defence.

“We stayed out of the box, put our hearts on the line, everything that we should be doing to win a game.

“But the second period was the total opposite, we were slow starting the period, Chelmsford got a lucky goal and from then it was downhill once more.

“The shots on goal tell the story – 33 on us and seven on them says it all. We feel as a team a lot went wrong, when you sit back and look at the game, the first 20 minutes is how we should be playing every game.

“We can’t be taking 94 shots on our net, we can’t being letting three defencemen on the other team get five out of the eight goals.

“There is a lot of work still to be done from now until the end of the season and that starts Wednesday night.

“As a team we must stick together and work. We can all play the game well and now it’s time to show that.”

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