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King’s Lynn Stars boss Rob Lyon praises late ‘Houdini act’ against Swindon Robins

11:35 15 May 2014

Rob Lyon. Picture: Matthew Usher

Rob Lyon. Picture: Matthew Usher

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King’s Lynn Stars boss Rob Lyon travels to Birmingham Brummies tonight feeling relieved after his side saved their proud home record.

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The Saddlebow Road outfit were set to lose for the first time at the Norfolk Arena in 2014 until a stunning late turnaround last night ensured they beat Swindon Robins 48-42. Although the victory by a margin of six meant Lynn dropped their first point on their own shale, Lyon admits he was just pleased his troops picked up the victory.

He said: “It was a bit of a Houdini act really if I’m honest. It was probably the toughest meeting we’ve had all year in some ways.

“For much of the match it looked like we were going to lose the meeting. But the boys rallied and came out and scraped a win. I was happy with a win, it was unfortunate that Scotty (guest Scott Nicholls) couldn’t hang onto third in the last one but to be fair I think it would have been an injustice to Swindon if they hadn’t have got something (one point) out of the meeting.”

An understrength Lynn, missing Niels-Kristian Iversen, Nicklas Porsing (both Danish championships) and Kenneth Bjerre (collarbone), head to the Midlands targeting a second win of the term at Perry Barr. But Lyon is furious that his side have been made to fulfil this evening’s fixture.

Lyon said: “It’s a ridiculous situation we find ourselves in. We’re not happy about it. I think it’s a silly decision by Birmingham to go ahead with it because I think it will affect the crowd. But it’s their decision and we have no choice.”

Birmingham, the Elite League’s early-season basement boys, will be out for revenge following a 60-30 hammering in the sides’ previous clash this term.

Manager Jack Lee said: “I expect a good meeting, to be honest. I know King’s Lynn are a good side but they have some riders missing and we will be up for the challenge.

“The team is a lot more settled now than when we raced them last. It’s down to us to stay positive and carry forward the good work of the last couple of meetings.”

The missing trio’s places will be taken by Lakeside’s heat leader Davey Watt, Edinburgh’s hot Aussie prospect Max Fricke and Nicholls.

- To read a match report, and see a gallery of Matthew Usher’s pictures from last night’s meeting, click here.

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