Soundbites: 1st July 2005
"I never worried that I'd be dropped, how do you replace me?
My confidence never dropped even during that bad spell. Nobody was more disapointed than me in the lack of performances
but I always knew it was only a hiccup.
It just took a while to sort out my bikes, which were underperforming. At first we thought it was bad fuel but after
changing two or three things we finally got the problem sorted."
"The Workington match gives us the chance of a bonus point and we will certainly be going all out to win, but we know
that is easier said than done. Despite all of their injuries, Workington are still a good side and we will need to be at
our best if we are going to beat them."
"I'm lost for words about Phil Morris's form at the moment - I simply don't know what to say."
"I could have ridden in that race if it had been necessary.
I had agreed with the team manager, Ian Thomas, that I wouldn't ride in it unless I had to. Fortunately, the injury wasn't
as bad as I'd feared when it happened."
"We have got to win three or four times away from home in the second half of the season to get to where we want to be.
We might have got off the mark at Swindon if Mikael Max had not been taken ill before the meeting, but that doesn't
We have set our targets and, like any team, we make a special effort when we think we've got a good chance of winning,"
"He definitely took me out and left me no room on the outside. I was gutted for Rusty. We were both up for it and we had a
good chance of winning."
"We know we are a good team. Everyone is helping each other in the pits and the team isn't the one that started the
season, it is better. I think we can win home or away now because the team spirit is so high."
"People pay their money every week so they are entitled to have their opinions but some of the stuff in the last two weeks which has been directed at riders was out of order and well over the top.
I'm there to be slagged off when necessary because I put the team together. It isn't nice to hear criticism but I'm prepared to take it.
What I don't like is horrible, cheap and nasty insults being hurled at riders when they are having a hard time. They don't deliberately miss out on scoring points and there is always a reason for it."
"I was told the track was under water at lunchtime and the weather forecast was poor.
In fact, financially it was in our best interests to let the meeting go ahead.
Also, I know we'd have been under-strength, but Glasgow had received a phone call to say their Swede Stefan Ekberg's plane had been diverted so he would've missed the meeting. It would've given us a better chance of overhauling the 22-point deficit from the first leg."
"I'm going up there as I'm pretty confident we'll do well. If we win we're back on top of the league.
It's one of Matthew Wethers' favourite tracks, also on the plus side Kevin Doolan is back in the team instead of Adam
Allott and, with all due respect to Adam, will perform better away from home."
"It was a good win tonight.
With a little bit more luck it could have been an even bigger win - a few points slipped away.
But we have given ourselves every chance of a bonus point in the return at Ipswich.
We need to start kicking in with bonus points if we are to make the play-offs.
We have been winning matches at home but not taking any points on the road. "
"David completes 11 matches for us tonight against Sheffield Tigers and when he gets to 12 matches his average will
increase to over six which could make it difficult for him to find a spot with another club.
Robert's recovery from injury is already taking longer than I anticipated and I cannot be positive at this stage as to
when he will become available to us.
As for David, we haven't asked him the tricky question of what he wants to do but we may ask him to carry on for a time."
"Every point is important because we are looking for a top-eight finish.
We know it isn't going to be easy because Newport include Neil Collins and Tony Atkin, who have strong Stoke connections
and know this track inside out.
But these are the fixtures we need to win and I'm pretty sure we will be too strong for the Wasps on Saturday."
This article was first published on 1st July 2005
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