Sheffield boss boss Jack Lee was relieved to see his side withstand a Scunthorpe fightback to keep their play-off push right on track.
Tigers dug deep to overcome their local rivals, coming on strong in the closing stages for a 53-40 victory. It moves them to fourth in the Premier League table as they aim to confirm their play offs place. Lee had feared a Scunthorpe 8-1 gained in controversial circumstances could be set to cost them dearly at Owlerton. But he was delighted to extend their winning run on home soil to eight meetings. He said: “It turned out to be a tough meeting, but we managed to come away with the win by a fairly comfortable margin. It was an up and down night - we were going pretty well, we went 14 points in front and we thought things were all signed and sealed before they got that 8-1. I wasn’t happy with that because nobody told me he was on a tactical ride, the first I realised was when he was at the tapes, so I couldn’t change anything which I could well have done. That changed the meeting, it looked like we could maybe even lose the match because of it and they certainly gave us a scare, but all the lads stuck together and fought hard.”
He added: “We dipped a couple of times and it wasn’t a perfect performance, but Brady (Kurtz) and Jason (Garrity) were both tremendous and they came up trumps for us when it mattered in heats 13 and 15.
“We’ve got a bit of time to regroup now before our next meeting. A few riders weren’t at their best, but everyone has off nights and we have a chance to rally around now.
“We are still on course for the play-offs, as long as we win our home meetings we should be fine, so we are in a good place and looking to put together a good run going into the play-offs.”