TAPES-UP: Swindon Robins skipper expects to reach play-off final
“IT’S Swindon’s to lose and not Poole’s to win.”
That is the opinion of Swindon captain Hans Andersen going into the two sides' play-off semi-final second leg this evening.
The reigning Elite League champions lead the contest by 10 points following last week’s first leg, and Andersen believes their rivals have it all to do to real them in.
“You never know for sure if the lead is big enough but last year we only had seven and it proved to be enough, and I think we are a stronger outfit this year than we were last year.
“To be fair it’s Swindon’s to lose and not Poole’s to win, that's what I think.
“We came pretty close when we went down there before on the tele, and that was without Pete (Kildemand), so I think we can go there and win.
“The more important thing though is to make sure we don’t run any last places because Poole need to pick up points more than we do.”
Andersen has his fingers crossed youngster Nick Morris has made it through his weekend riding in the Czech Republic without feeling the effects of the concussion he suffered in the first leg, as he believes rider replacement will not even come close to replacing the youngster’s contribution.
“Hopefully Nick is okay, and only time will tell, but we need him to be able to ride,” he said.
“If not we will be up against it because it will be hard for us to get the amount of points by using rider replacement because it’s only Eddie who can have a ride.
“I think r/r is pretty much useless to be honest.”
The outside gate at Wimborne Road is notoriously difficult which Andersen found to his cost when he had it twice in this season’s Grand Prix Challenge, and although the Dane almost made it work for him when the two teams met in August he is hoping gate four may be prepared slightly differently tonight.
“I actually managed to get a paid second from it last time because I passed Hancock from behind and we almost got what we wanted because we needed a 4-2 to get a point out the meeting,” he said.
“The gates might be prepared differently this time or the weather might be different, so we will have to wait and see, but it can be pretty tough going off gate four there.”
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