ALUN Rossiter doesn’t expect motivating his riders to be much of an issue as the Robins bid to reach the Elite League play-off final this evening.
Swindon have to overcome an eight-point deficit on their own shale tonight if they are to progress past the Coventry Bees, following their 49-41 loss at Brandon a week ago.
The Robins riders were visibly frustrated following the away loss, having dropped a number of points throughout the evening, and for that reason Rossiter doesn’t expect to have to say much to get them going.
“I’ll tell them there’s a final at stake, simple as that really,” he told Link Sport.
“That’s the bottom line of it, riders want to ride in big meetings and the Elite League final is two big meetings. It’s two more pay packets too.
“That’s important, of course it is, they go out and earn money and that’s what it’s all about.
“We have to make sure they’re up for it and ready for it, but I don’t think they’ll need much.
“I got the impression after Monday that they knew they had let themselves slip a little, let a few points go, and with the words they were saying I could tell they were up for it.”
Rossiter himself is remaining calm, despite admitting things could have been a little simpler for his side.
“I’m still pretty calm about it all, you have to be, but I do think we could have made life easier for ourselves,” he said.
“You have to get on with it, we got what we got, it’s gone, so we have to focus on the job in hand.”
While riders and management on both sides have already expressed the importance of hitting their opposition early this evening, Rossiter insisted his side don’t need to panic despite having a deficit to overcome.
“There’s no point panicking, we don’t need to be thinking too much about having to get the job done early, we need to do our own job like we have been doing at home,” he said.
“We’ve had a bit of a break and we all still know the best way round the Abbey, there’s no need to worry about that. Our track’s good at the moment, Ronnie Russell’s doing a great job and that gives us a good surface to race on.”