Absent skipper Simon Stead tips Sheffield Tigers for play-off success

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Sidelined Sheffield skipper Simon Stead is backing his side to get the job done in their Premier League Play-off semi-final showdown.

The Tigers will host Glasgow in the first leg at Owlerton tomorrow (7.30pm) – and Stead knows his side need to build up a healthy lead.

The home-town hero has spoken of his frustration at missing out on the biggest meeting since 2010 after suffering a nasty foot injury at Rye House last month.

But he insists the injury-hit Owlerton outfit are capable of rising to the occasion to come out on top over two legs.

Said Stead: “It goes without saying that I’m disappointed to be missing out, but the situation is that my foot just isn’t right. The amount of trouble I’ve had with that leg, I just can’t risk it at this stage. I can’t put my body through it when it’s not right.

“I’ve ridden through bad injuries before, but the older you get the harder it becomes. It’s frustrating, but I wouldn’t want to step back on the bike and not be capable of scoring the points that the team need.

“I’ll be backing the lads to come out on top and get a good result. They’ll need to build up a decent lead to take up to Glasgow, and it won’t be easy because Glasgow have some riders who go well around Owlerton.

“It’s going to be difficult over the two legs, but the management have booked some good guests who should be able to score good points.

“The guys will have an idea of set-ups going up to Glasgow because we went there not too long ago.”