Speedway: Skipper Stead focusing on Tigers’ team display

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SHEFFIELD skipper Simon Stead was keen to look at the positives after they suffered a disappointing home defeat against Ipswich on Thursday.

A stunning performance from Stead could not prevent the struggling Tigers from slipping to a 51-42 loss at Owlerton in an entertaining clash.

He was making no excuses, admitting they were beaten by a better team with the Witches in inspired form.

As they prepare to travel to Ipswich for the return fixture tonight, Stead is eager to concentrate on the positives from what was a night to forget.

Although he knows they will face a tough test at Foxhall, he is remaining optimistic as they fight to add to their Premier League points tally.

Said Stead: “It was another great night for me personally, but really it’s irrelevant what I do - it’s all about what we do collectively as a team.

“On Thursday we weren’t good enough, and that’s the bottom line at the end of the day. We saw glimpses of what we are capable of, and there were some positive signs without a doubt, but overall it was a poor performance.”

“Leigh (Lanham) had a good race win and showed signs of getting back to riding as he was before his injury.

“Nico (Covatti) is still finding his feet, but he has shown what he can do, we just need him to find that consistency over the next few weeks.

“Having to operate rider replacement for Andre (Compton) wasn’t ideal, but hopefully he’ll be back soon and we’ll be back to full strength.

“You can’t take anything a away from Ipswich - they came, rode really well and deserved their win in the end.

“We are going to Ipswich hoping to get at least a point, but we’ll have to ride a lot better than we did last night if we are going to get anything.

“They’ve come to our track and done us over which is always disappointing, so we are desperate to try and make amends.

“It’s obviously going to be extremely tough, but anything can happen and we have to go there and give it our best shot.”