Speedway: Boss slams Tigers after heavy loss in the cup

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Sheffield team boss David Hoggart slammed his side’s performance last week as “the worst by a Sheffield side in an awful long time”.

The Tigers lost their sixth meeting on the bounce after surrendering to a below-strength Rye House at Owlerton on Thursday, which saw them knocked out of the Premier League Knockout Cup by 20 points on aggregate.

After a promising start to the campaign the season is in danger of following suit from last year, where the Tigers only just avoided the wooden spoon, unless they can bring around a swift upturn in form.

Handicapped by rules meaning they cannot sack riders on an assessed average until they have ridden four home and away matches in the league, Sheffield’s earliest opportunity to make changes won’t be until the middle of June.

Hoggart said: “We have a business to run and entertainment to provide and on Thursday we didn’t provide our fans with the entertainment they deserve.

“It was a very, very poor performance.

“Everybody knows where our problems lie, and I will certainly not be slating any of our riders publicly.

“But there are guys in the side who know they are letting themselves down and letting the Sheffield fans down.

“They don’t need me to tell them that, they are hurting more than anyone.

“If, and it is a case of if, we decide to try and look at changes then we can’t do anything until June at the earliest.

We had a decent start but we’ve gone backwards and we can’t let the season get away from us.”