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SWINDON ROBINS: Topping the table not vital, says Andersen
ROBINS captain Hans Andersen isn’t too concerned about finishing top of the Elite League as he prepares for tonight’s clash with Belle Vue.
The reigning champions started the week at the top of the table with the play-offs looming large, and are all-but assured of their place in the play-offs as they bid to retain their title.
Dane Andersen skippered the Robins to their first league title in 45 years after they finished second in the regular season behind Poole last year, which he says proves being able to chose your semi-final opponents to be irrelevant.
“It would be nice to finish at the top and have the pick, but at the end of the day we didn’t have the pick last year and it all turned out alright,” he said.
“For me it’s only important to finish top once the play-offs are finished, because at that stage it doesn’t matter who finished top in the regular season and you don’t remember who did.
“It’s still a money making day and another day at the office for us, so it’s easy for us to motivate ourselves.
“It’s also a good opportunity if you have an engine or anything to try out because if we were to lose it isn’t too bad, but we want to win. We can try set-ups to use when the play-offs start because that’s when it really matters.”
Andersen does not fear any of the teams the Robins could face in the play-offs but insisted his side should be wary of them all.
“We have to be very respectful of every team that is in the play-offs because if they finished in the top four then they are capable of winning the leagues,” he said.
“We have to treat them all the same, because although there could be two teams who look stronger on paper they may not perform on the track so we need to concentrate whoever we get in the semi-final.”
Swindon will be at full strength against the Aces this evening having missed riders in most of their meetings this season, and Andersen is looking forward to having the complete 1-7 together.
“We have been missing riders most of the season for various reasons because of being banned, injured or riding in the Premier League, so it will be nice to have a full team for once,” he said. “Everyone knows each other pretty well so the team spirit has still been good, and the riders who have come in and replaced them have been good lads too so it hasn’t suffered and they blended in well.
“It’s nice to see the 1-7 and we can go from there.”
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