SWINDON Robins team manager Alun Rossiter believes that Monday’s defeat to Poole Pirates was merely a blip as his side look to put things right at Wimborne Road this evening.

Swindon took it to heat 15 at the Abbey Stadium on Bank Holiday Monday in front of a packed crowd but Grand Prix Championship leader Chris Holder had enough to take the win and claim a 46-44 win for the Pirates, who took three points back to Dorset.

With Wolverhampton Wolves beating King’s Lynn Stars later the same day, the Robins slipped to third place in the Elite League table.

However, Rossiter believes his men have what it takes to be victorious at Poole and does not anticipate a repeat of their 30-point defeat on the opening day of this campaign.

“Of course, we are looking for a better result than we got at the start of the season,” said Rossiter.

“I haven’t learnt anything from that first meeting. It was the start of the season and the riders had had a lack of rides going into it.

“We have got a lot more meetings under our belt now. You only have to look at the results we have got that show they are capable of getting the win.

“It was a blip (on Monday) but I am sure they will be fired up to bounce back on Wednesday.

“We have got to take the positives and go down there and hit them hard.

“They are beatable, as Belle Vue proved last week.”

Meanwhile, Poole have been suffering with issues with their track at Wimborne Road, with criticism coming after last week’s 49-41 defeat to the Aces, Poole’s first home loss in 13 months.

Rossiter is hoping the lack of home advantage for the Pirates could play into their favour as they look for a first win at Poole since 2009.

“It is never a good track to go to,” added Rossiter.

“It has been heavily criticised recently for the state of it but that could work in our favour.”

Poole will be without Adam Ellis for the meeting after he was involved in a crash Monday and suffered a broken collarbone, with Steve Worrall guesting.