SWINDON boss Alun Rossiter believes he and his riders have every reason to be looking up as they prepare to travel to King’s Lynn this evening.
The Robins go to the Norfolk Arena on the back of a 52-38 defeat to Wolverhampton on Monday night, to face a Stars team boasting a 100 per cent home record this season. Rob Lyon’s men will be missing injured Dane Kenneth Bjerre but have brought in former Robins number one Scott Nicholls in his place.
Rossiter could only watch on as captain Troy Batchelor struggled to only three points at Monmore Green, but is expecting a much better display from his captain at a track where he has proved the match-winner in the past.
“We need a much better performance and I’m sure everyone will be fired up to do better when we go to King’s Lynn,” he said.
“Troy will be alright at King’s Lynn, he usually does well there and has ridden for them when he was younger. Wolverhampton is a bit of a trick track and, while I’m not making any excuses, if you get it right, you get it right. Troy didn’t get it right on Monday and three points from your second heat leader isn’t good enough.
“We’ll regroup and come back into the meeting stronger because that’s what we’ve done before. We’ve done well at King’s Lynn in the recent past and done well on the TV too so we need to put it all together.
“Nathan Greaves had a tough night on his debut on a tricky track for everyone and it was always going to be hard for him. There’s no pressure on the lad and if he can go out there and score two or three points a meeting he will be doing his job.
“King’s Lynn are a team who are very comfortable down at the bottom end of their team so that’s something we are going to have to deal with and compete with if we are going to get anything.”
Captain Batchelor is expecting a better performance both from his team and from himself at the Norfolk Arena tonight and insists he does his best to ignore any criticism he may get and focus on himself.
“I think our team will go well at King’s Lynn, it suits us, but they have a very strong team this year,” he said.
“It’s all to play for and you never know with speedway because you have to turn up, not listen to people talking any rubbish about you and do your thing. That’s when you start winning.
“I don’t care what anyone says I just do my thing.”