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Giants have to be consistent in quest for league title: Saviano


By Stuart McKinley

Steve Saviano believes that the Belfast Giants' 9-3 victory over Manchester Storm last weekend has set a standard they must match for the rest of the season if they want to claim the Elite League title.

The American forward struck four goals against Storm - a tally that earned him the league's Player of the Week award.

As the side begin a run of 10 consecutive away games between now and December 29 with trips to Coventry Blaze tonight and the Cardiff Devils tomorrow, it's simply a matter of same again as far as the 36-year-old is concerned.

"We've been consistent against the top teams all year, so I think they know we are a team to be reckoned with," said Saviano.

"In this league, every game matters. You've got to play 56 games to win the league.

"If we play the way we played against Nottingham and Manchester I know we'll be right there at the end of it."

After slipping to three successive defeats, the display of character against Storm was also a signal from the Giants that they aren't about to slip out of the title race without throwing everything at it.

"It was important for us to come out strong, which we did and the two points for us were huge," he added.

"We didn't really let up the whole game even though we were up quite a few goals."

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