King’s Lynn boss looking for team effort

King's Lynn boss Rob Lyon warns strength in depth will be the key to the club's Elite League play-off prospects.

The Stars grabbed a battling point in Monday's 48-45 derby defeat at Peterborough after man-of-the-meeting Niels-Kristian Iversen edged a sudden death heat 15 shoot out.

Young Australian Sam Masters and Czech reserve Filip Sitera struggled to master the East of England Showground track, but Lyon believes the visitors were full value for at least a point.

Lynn now head to reigning champions Coventry on Friday two points adrift of league leaders Poole and Eastbourne.

'It was a good meeting, an exciting meeting. A typical derby if you like,' said Lyon. 'I think the fans were treated to some excellent racing and we wanted to get at least a point out of that last heat. All credit to the 13 riders for putting on a great show.

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'We had a few too many last places and it's difficult to win matches when you have one or two not firing but that is racing. It's a team event. You win and you lose as a team and we'll move onto the next one now but it was important to get something out of that.'

Panthers' counterpart Trevor Swales bemoaned the hosts' bad luck for failing to kill off Lynn in the first meeting between the clubs at Peterborough since 2002.

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'I am absolutely delighted with every single one of the boys,' he said. 'They all showed just how much they want to win.

'That's the thing with the lads we have here, they all have a real desire to win and we showed that again. If you were given points for bad luck, we would have had them all but unfortunately you aren't and we have to give credit to King's Lynn. They rode exceptionally well, as we thought they would, and they made it a great meeting. The fans won.

'We were a bit disappointed with what happened in heat eight when they put Lasse Bjerre in and we weren't told. Had we been told then I would have looked to swap it around and put Norbert Kosciuch in for obvious reasons.

'We see it as a point lost rather than two gained, but we knew how tough it would be and with mechanical problems, we were pretty happy to get the win. Hopefully we've got rid of our bad luck now.'

Panthers' Swedish youngster Linus Sundstrom blamed his two crucial race stoppages on dirt found in the carburettor.

'I felt awful when I stopped twice. We didn't know what caused it until we stripped everything down at the end of the night,' he said. 'I felt so good when the bike kept going and I thought I was going to end with my first ever Elite League maximum. 'I was unbeaten in my first two, stopped when I was on the way to another paid one and never got past the first bend in what should have been my easiest ride.'

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