Speedway: Worried Screen salutes Tigers skipper

Tigers captain Simon Stead
Tigers captain Simon Stead
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Tigers boss Joe Screen is concerned his side are a one-man show at the moment.

He has paid tribute to brilliant skipper Simon Stead for the stunning run of form he is in – he top scored with 17-points in Sunday’s defeat at Newcastle but was a staggering 11-points clear of the next Tigers scorer.

Screen insists he won’t be shouting and screaming at riders as he’s been there himself – but he is worried.

He said: “We can’t just keep saying we have issues here and there with bike problems. I would say the time is now to start showing some consistency.

“I’m here to help. I’m willing to offer advice and give my opinion to any of the lads, I know how tough it can be when you are struggling for form.

“I’ve known Simon a long time, I’ve raced in the same team and he’s doing a great job. He’s a top rider, especially in this league, and it doesn’t surprise me when I see the points he is coming up with.

“My role is more of a coach, working with the riders to help them improve and put things right, but time is moving on now and some of them do need to look hard at themselves.”

As for the defeat at Newcastle, whilst it was a better display than their League Cup humiliation, a downbeat Screen is concerned by their current form.

“It was a disappointing performance again to be honest – a few riders were having issues and it was the same old story,” he said.

“We are a one man show at the moment with Steady and then we just have to see what comes with it which is hugely frustrating.”

Sheffield are back in action tomorrow when they head to Peterborough in a re-arranged Premier League encounter. Screen’s side will be unchanged.