SWINDON ROBINS: Middleditch: We were in control
NEIL Middleditch felt his Pirates side were always in control as they dumped Swindon Robins out the Elite League play-offs on Monday night.
The Robins’ 10 points lead from the first leg was cut to only six after a 5-1 in the opening heat, and from then on Poole continued to take chunks out the lead before sealing the deal with maximums in heats 13 and 14.
Pirates boss Middleditch was sad to see close friend Alun Rossiter left gutted at the end of the meeting, but his ruthless side knows it was necessary as Poole go in search of yet another Elite League title.
“Rosco is a great mate of mine and he is gutted, as I would be if we had gone into it with a 10-point lead, but that is speedway,” he told the Daily Echo.
“I didn’t think we were out of it at any point and I don’t think they ever got away from us or ever got close enough to really threaten us. We just kept nibbling away and those 4-2s were very important.
“We have fought hard all season and never given up. We have been rewarded with a place in the final so I am very pleased.
“We never give up – it is a Pirates trait. We are used to success, we like success and we are in the final now.
“Swindon had a 10-point advantage and I would have been pretty happy going to Swindon with a 10-point lead.
“But we never gave up and hit them hard which was the plan early in the meeting. They got the tactical and it was a fantastic ride from Peter Kildemand to beat Darcy but we kept at it, dug deep and came up with the win.”
The Pirates have had to deal with serious injuries to Darcy Ward and Chris Holder during 2013, with Holder now walking on crutches having spent the last few months in a wheelchair following his crash at Coventry, and Middleditch now believes everything is in place for another Pirates title win.
“When Matt and I were at our lowest ebb, we came in for a meeting and said ‘Whatever happens, we are going to put together a team to entertain the public because they deserve it,” he said.
“Signing Greg (Hancock) was a masterstroke because it brought back continuity to the team. I was running up and down the pits with seven riders that I knew and wanted to work with, whereas it had been two or three plus guests and that is not the way to run a team. Matt and I bleed blue and white – everybody knows that. He is hugely passionate about the club, as am I, which is why we never gave up.”
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