SHEFFIELD head to Workington in desperate need of some Premier League points tonight after Thursday’s shock home defeat.
The Tigers suffered horrendous luck as five mechanical failures meant they threw away a 15-point lead to league champions Glasgow, who stole a win after a last heat decider.
The Owlerton men travel to Cumbria needing some points to keep their play-off dreams alive, and team manager David Hoggart knows his side need to bounce back.
He said: “We normally go well at Workington, and we’ll need to tonight because we need to get back on track.
“I was completely stunned by what happened on Thursday, I think everyone was, so now we’ve got to show some character and try and get some of those lost points back. Workington has been a happy hunting ground for us in the past, so it’s not a bad place for us to go to after a bad result.
“They’re a good side, it is going to take a huge effort to go up there and get something but we’ve got to be positive. We’ve had home defeats before and then got a response away and we need the same to happen here.”
Sheffield will again be without Josef Franc and Emiliano Sanchez, both currently injured, and have drafted in experienced Australian Kevin Doolan in place of Franc. Sanchez’s rides will be covered by the rider replacement facility.
“Kevin is an ex-Workington rider and knows the place inside out, he’s had some good scores of late and was very keen on coming and helping us out,” said Hoggart.
n WORKINGTON: Richard Lawson, Kenny Ingalls, Rene Bach, Tero Aarnio, Adam Roynon, Guest TBC, Ashley Morris.
n SHEFFIELD: Kevin Doolan (G), Hugh Skidmore, Rider Replacement, Richard Hall, Ricky Wells, Chris Schramm, Joe Haines.