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SWINDON ROBINS: Rossiter dismisses Pirates' 'cocky' claims
SWINDON boss Alun Rossiter has hit back at ‘disappointing’ claims made by Pirates riders and management suggesting the Robins went into the second leg of the play-off semi-final thinking it was already won.
Poole came back from 10 points down after the first leg to win the two teams’ play-off semi-final by seven on aggregate on Monday night, prompting injured world champion Chris Holder to brand the Robins as ‘cocky’ following their first leg win while American Greg Hancock accused the Robins of doing too much talking off the track.
Additionally, writing in the meeting programme on Monday night, Poole promoter Matt Ford said: “The best motivation for the home boys tonight is the fact that one of the Swindon riders actually said ‘the Pirates have been sunk’ off camera on Monday, but it was heard. You write us off at your peril.”
Having been so gracious in defeat to his former club on Monday night Rossiter was disappointed to hear the comments, and insisted his side were not complacent in any way going into the meeting.
“Even though a comment might have come out, I can assure you there was no complacency at all from any member of my team who thought it was a done deal for us,” he said.
“It’s water under the bridge and we have been very dignified in our defeat, and it’s no different to last year when we won the title there and we didn’t rub it in their faces.
“I’m disappointed by it and it should all have been taken in the banter it should have been because that’s what speedway is all about.
“There was no malice or us thinking we had won in the build-up because we knew we hadn’t, and one comment doesn’t lead to that at all.”
Prior to the start of the first leg captain Hans Andersen tweeted “So tomorrow the mighty Robins will sink the pirate ship,” and Rossiter believes too much is read into comments made on social media sites.
“People go on there and it’s all about banter, friendly banter, and when things go against you people are quick to try and twist and change it,” he said.
“The riders all go on there and give it as good as they’ve got, and it’s banter, and I find it all a bit silly really.
“Sometimes the fans bring it to a point as well, and as soon as a rider says something they get accused of being arrogant and being cocky and it’s hard for them.
“Hans made one quote about sinking the pirate ship, but supporters go on there and give the riders a load of abuse and all of a sudden they make one tweet and we are seen to be cocky which is wrong.”
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