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SWINDON ROBINS: Andersen welcomes Kildemand return
SWINDON captain Hans Andersen is looking forward to having Peter Kildemand back by his side to face Poole this evening after the Robins struggled to cope without the Dane during Monday’s loss to the Pirates.
Kildemand was advised to rest after suffering what was thought to be a minor concussion in the Robins’ loss to Belle Vue last week, and rider replacement only managed 3+1 in his absence as Swindon fell to a 49-41 defeat at Wimborne Road.
Andersen admitted his side always find things difficult when any member of the top five is unavailable, and as a result is pleased to have his fellow countryman back tonight.
“Hopefully Peter will be fit and raring to go although he was still a bit wobbly at the start of the week, but he’ll be back and everyone knows how good he is around Swindon,” he said.
“Everyone in our top five is really important to the team and none of us are really replaceable with rider replacement, and although he was missing from the meeting at Poole we would rather do without him now and have him fully fit for the play-offs.
“That’s where it counts, and while we want to win on Thursday it doesn’t matter where we finish in the table because we know from last year it doesn’t matter too much if you finish top.
“We will treat Poole with respect because they are a strong outfit and Darcy and Greg in particular are very good riders, and if they come out the gate they are pretty fast.
“We won’t take it for granted we will take a win, but it’s our track and we should do them over 15 races.”
Andersen was pleased with the performance his side put in at Wimborne Road on Monday but admitted his team couldn’t afford to lose so many points in the final stages of races.
“We did pretty well on Monday without Peter although unfortunately it wasn’t enough in the end, and the Pirates came on pretty strong,” he said.
“We showed good character and everyone tried really hard, but a couple of them were able to get past on the line at the end of races which made things hard for us.
“They were a bit too strong in the end, but I’m sure it will be different at our place.”
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