London Raiders ‘will go flat out’
PUBLISHED: 12:00 27 February 2016
Coach Blyth hopes to end winless run this weekend
London Raiders coach Alan Blyth says his side will be going ‘all out’ to end their 14-match winless run against MK Thunder tonight (Saturday, 5.30pm).
Defeats at Isle of Wight (6-3) and Invicta (7-0) last weekend extended the long wait for success, but Blyth says his players will be leaving no stone unturned against an improving Thunder.
He said: “We will be going flat out for the win.
“Milton Keynes has had a turn of form in recent weeks and has put together a couple of really good results.
“Since their last visit they have been boosted by the arrival of EPL veterans Nick Poole and Stephen Wall and two-way registered youngsters Luc Johnson and Glenn Billing, from the MK Lighting, are playing an increased role in the team’s fixtures.
“The Thunder have always caused teams problems with their speed and work rate and today will be no different.”
Despite their latest defeats, Blyth felt able to draw on plenty of positives from last weekend’s efforts.
Jaroslav Cesky’s hat-trick proved the difference for the Isle of Wight in Ryde, while an injury to Ryan Bainborough led to captain Tom Davis taking over in goal against Invicta, which gave the final scoreline a more flattering look for the Dynamos.
He added: “The performances, despite the results, had plenty of positives. They were two top opponents and we were not outplayed in either game.
“Saturday saw us travel to the island which is always a difficult place to go to and get a result. We were unlucky not to get something from the game as the guys put in a solid 60 minutes of hard graft.
“Ryan Bainborough was in sublime form and made some top drawer saves and Sunday was, I feel, our best performance in the Gillingham Rink this season.
“Despite the scoreline, which was escalated due to the injury to Ryan, we as a whole defended better than we have done for a long time.
“Invicta have arguably the quickest attacking line-up and the guys stood firm. But we need to be more clinical in front of net and shoot the puck when the chance arrives.
“We’re often guilty of holding on to the puck and looking for the extra pass.”