Exclusion was turning point - Simmons

IPSWICH Evening Star Witches team manager Pete Simmons was in no doubt where his side's chances of a 21-point victory against Coventry went.“The referee's decision to exclude Robert Miskowiak in heat nine was the turning point,” said Simmons.

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IPSWICH Evening Star Witches team manager Pete Simmons was in no doubt where his side's chances of a 21-point victory against Coventry went.

“The referee's decision to exclude Robert Miskowiak in heat nine was the turning point,” said Simmons.

“It was a poor decision by him. It would have put us eight ahead again, but from that point onwards it was difficult.


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“We were getting tired after a long night, but we didn't need that. We are a bit disappointed but 21 points was always a lot to ask.

“But I'm very proud of all the effort the boys put in, with rider replacement having to be used over the 30 heats as well.”

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Witches last-heat hero Rory Schlein said: “I would have liked to get a victory over Coventry after what has happened with me there this season.

“I was surprised how easily we turned Poole over really and that will be in the back of their minds on Monday.

“Poole are an excellent side, but we have given them something to think about tonight.”

Chris Schramm said: “Personally I would rather go to Poole than Lakeside anyhow.

“It is a pity we couldn't get enough points to finish third, but we will give Poole a good run.”

Pirates manager Neil Middleditch said: “We will take nothing for granted.

"We will go all guns blazing. Ipswich are in the play-offs because Ipswich are a very good side. And they have nothing to lose.”

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