King’s Lynn Stars’ boss Rob Lyon remains grounded ahead of Coventry Bees visit
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Team boss Rob Lyon is refusing to get carried away by King's Lynn Stars' promising start to the season.
The Saddlebow Road outfit have picked up eight points from their first three Elite League meetings ahead of tonight's home clash against an out-of-sorts Coventry. And while many are expecting a second Norfolk Arena triumph for Lynn this term, Lyon is feeling anything but complacent going into the Bees' visit.
He said: 'We had a good chance to win at Poole (lost 48-45) but it didn't happen. But a point is better than nothing and we've got to take the positives. It's no good getting carried away with ourselves and thinking we're invincible.
'We wanted to take something away and we did. We've got to take stock of where we are. We've only had three meetings and it's quite easy to get carried away with the Good Friday double (over Peterborough).
'We're living in a world and society that is panic, panic and pressure to produce the goods. It's the same in speedway and in many other sports, which is quite sad really.
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'Coventry are panicking a bit because they've had a bad start while we've had a good one. People think we will hammer the hell out of Coventry, and hopefully we will, but we can only do what we can on the night.
'I'm sure Coventry will provide stern opposition and they've got riders that are more than capable of doing some damage. But we have to be confident that we'll get the three points.'
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Coventry, who list ex-Stars riders Joe Screen and Mateusz Szczepaniak in their team, have picked up just one point from their first four meetings. But with the inclusion of highly-rated heat leaders Krzysztof Kasprzak and Scott Nicholls in their side they will be looking to bounce back from a miserable start which has also seen them lose to last season's whipping boys Belle Vue. And while the Bees can only improve, Lyon is sure his men still have plenty of scope to get better themselves.
'We've not reached our full potential. One or two riders have not got off to the best of starts for one reason or another,' said the Lynn boss
'When everyone hits form I feel we'll be a formidable outfit. Rory's (Schlein) had a few problems in the opening few meetings with his bikes but that's been rectified now so hopefully we should see the difference today. There's a bit more to come from a few of the boys but it's early days. The start has been encouraging but I think we will see a more consistent and better King's Lynn team as we go forward a couple of meetings.'
Lynn: 1 Niels-Kristian Iversen, 2 Simon Stead, 3 Mads Korneliussen, 4 Nicolai Klindt, 5 Rory Schlein, 6 Seb Alden, 7 Kozza Smith.
Coventry: 1 Krzysztof Kasprzak, 2 Aaron Summers, 3 Grzegorz Zengota, 4 Mateusz Szczepaniak, 5 Scott Nicholls, 6 Joe Screen, 7 Michal Szczepaniak