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TAPES-UP: Rossiter urges Swindon Robins to bounce back
ALUN Rossiter is looking for his side to put Thursday’s controversial defeat to Belle Vue firmly behind them when they travel to rivals Poole today.
The Robins lost 48-42 to the Aces after Peter Kildemand crashed out the meeting in heat five, but that only told half of the story as a number of riders only had one bike in the pits to highlight the fact they owed money by the club.
Rossiter wants his riders to put the episode behind them this afternoon against a Poole team battling to claim the last remaining play-off places.
“They all have to be professional now because they’ve made their point and we need to get back on track and come down and get a win at Poole,” he said.
“Poole are desperate for points big style, and we’ve got to make sure we get back on track and make sure we show the fans what we’ve got in our play-off push.
“We’ve won at Poole before, and we have no fear going there because we’re second in the league and we will recover from a little blip we had last week which had circumstances behind it.”
The Robins team boss is looking forward to leading his side against Pirates top two Greg Hancock and Darcy Ward this afternoon and back at Blunsdon on Thursday, and was quick to praise both GP stars.
“It will be two fantastic meetings against Poole and it’s an absolute pleasure to watch Darcy, while Greg is a bit of a wiley fox who is still showing people how it’s done,” he said.
“He’s a class act, and anyone who’s an aspiring speedway rider should really look at what he’s done over the years.”
Rossiter will have to do without the services of Peter Kildemand at Wimborne Road after the Dane pulled out through injury following crashes against Belle Vue and in Saturday’s Grand Prix Challenge, but the Robins team boss believes his rider is doing the right thing.
“He took a few hits and he clearly wasn’t right at Poole, and he’s better off having a rest rather than taking a chance with the play-offs coming up,” he said.
“With rider replacement everyone up to Troy can take a ride, and I’m sure we will be okay.”
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