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Praise the riders, not me, says Ipswich Witches’ manager Brian Messenger

PUBLISHED: 16:23 21 August 2014 | UPDATED: 16:23 21 August 2014

Brian Messenger

Brian Messenger

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Team manager Brian Messenger has played down his role in Ipswich Witches’ resurgence, despite overseeing a run of seven wins and a draw since being installed in a temporary capacity.

Messenger was brought in by promoter Chris Louis, who stepped down from the team manager role after admitting he had not got the best out of the team, and the move has worked wonders.

However Messenger has heaped all the praise on to the Witches’ riders, who will look to secure their sixth win in a row when they host the Workington Comets tonight.

“It’s the team that’s doing it, they are the ones that are doing the business on the track,” said Messenger.

“I can’t take any credit for that and as long as they keep doing that I will be happy to carry on in the role.

“I made no secret that I didn’t want to become a team manager on a permanent basis again, I will step aside if Chris wants to bring anyone else in, but I wanted to help when it was needed and if I am having an effect then so be it.”

The Witches’ away form, for so long this season their Achilles heel, has improved in the last week with Ipswich picking up crucial victories on the road at Rye House and Peterborough.

They will now look to transfer that momentum into tonight’s tricky home clash.

Messenger added: “The last three or four weeks we have pushed ourselves towards the top-three and our away performances have been good.

“We have got to do the same at home now, but it won’t be easy against Workington, who have Ricky Wells, Josh Grajczonek, Rene Bach and Kyle Howarth who can all score big points on the road.

“We can’t take anything for granted but if we can keep our run going, we should not fear anyone and give anyone a run for their money.”

Comets will hand a debut to new signing Joe Jacobs, who will replace injury-victim Ashley Morris at reserve.

Jacobs, who represents Mildenhall in the National League, recently left Peterborough.

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