Sheffield team boss Joe Screen admits Sheffield Tigers face a daunting task to bounce back from the disappointment of a heavy home defeat.
Screen’s side’ unbeaten start to the Premier League Cup campaign come to an abrupt halt when crashing to a 53-41 Northern Group loss at the hands of Scunthorpe at Owlerton on Thursday. Their bid to advance to the semi-final stages continues when they travel to bottom side Newcastle tomorrow, but Screen believes a victory in the North-East is unlikely.
He said: “Any team that goes to Newcastle and wins has done very well. I can’t say I’m expecting a win there as I know a lot of the lads don’t particularly like the place, but you never know what might happen in speedway. I definitely want us to keep the scoreline respectable and try to put the home defeat behind us. Losing on your own track is always a huge disappointment, even more when it’s a derby meeting. We’ve got a few guys experiencing bike problems and Simon Nielsen is struggling a bit, but there is no doubt we were beaten by a better team on the night. We desperately wanted to keep the good start going for the new promotion and to keep the fans buzzing.”
He added: “It is early days in the season though and we have plenty of time to come back from it.”
Screen admits he is still getting to grips with his first managerial position after a glittering racing career.
The former World Under 21 champion was appointed as Tigers team by new owners Peter Mole, Damien Bates and Simon Parker during the winter.
Screen added: “I’m learning on the job and it is tough to know how to react to a result like we had on Thursday.
“I’ve always called things straight down the line and done a bit of effing and jeffing, but that doesn’t necessarily work with everyone.
“You can upset some riders and get your point across but others need an arm round them.”