Andersen relying on Poole team failing to click again
CAPTAIN Hans Andersen believes the Robins could have their work cut out to win at home this evening if Poole fire on all cylinders during tonight’s play-off semi-final first leg.
The two sides do battle at Blunsdon tonight before resolving matters at Wimborne Road next Monday, and when the two teams met twice in the space of four days in the league at the end of August the Pirates won by a point on aggregate.
The Robins won the home meeting by seven points, but Andersen believes the tables could easily be turned if the likes of Greg Hancock, Darcy Ward and Maciej Janowski all fire at once.
“It all starts again now and it’s all different, and the track could be different or the weather could change,” he said.
“They are a strong outfit with good riders and if they come to Swindon on the night and everyone clicks we are going to have our work cut out even to win at home.
“They have quality all the way through but they don’t ever seem to click at the same time so hopefully that will happen again.
“Darcy and Greg are box office but you can’t win with only two riders like they showed here with Chris (Holder) and Darcy last year because they were the only two who really scored points.
“Speedway is a team event and everyone needs to score points because points equals prizes.
“The formula is there for this to be an exciting match because they also have Janowski who is an ex-Swindon rider who knows the track, and we have our work cut out and we need to come out firing from heat one.”
Andersen is not allowing his thoughts to drift ahead to the possibility of a second straight Elite League title and believes all four teams in the play-offs have a good chance of winning.
“All four teams which get in are capable of winning the league and now the semi and the final are both over two legs nothing’s over until the fat lady sings,” he said.
“We will be hitting them hard from heat one and if we can go with a seven or 10 point lead like we did last year we will be happy.
“I’m confident, and if I’m not there’s no point going in if we don’t think we can win, but every one of us can win races.
“Winning the league is still four meetings away, so we can’t go thinking about that yet.”
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