STEEL CITY BOYS NEED TO SHOW METTLE

Wednesday September 27, 2017
TIGERS boss Simon Stead admits it’s going to be a “massive 72 hours" in the club’s history as they face a huge fitness battle before the Championship title final.

The Sheffield Windows Centre side go into the showpiece event with Ipswich at Owlerton tomorrow (Thurs) night with a nail-biting wait on the availability of Josh Grajczonek, Josh Bates and Lasse Bjerre.

All three took heavy knocks on a horror night in Glasgow during the semi-final second leg and now are fighting to be fit to take on the Witches - and for the second leg in Suffolk on Saturday night.

Stead admitted: “It was a terrible night for us at Ashfield. A really bitter sweet meeting when we really had to dig deep. It was great to get through but there was nothing to celebrate after the injuries.

“Now it’s a massive 72 hours ahead for Sheffield Speedway. I think it’s fair to say we are relieved that the injuries aren’t worse.

“All three want to be back for the final but we will have to wait until Thursday morning to make any final plans on them being fit.

“It’s also not ideal that all three will be not be 100 per cent fit. But we have a terrific spirit in the camp and they want to be racing, make no mistake about that.

“All of the top clubs have had an injury crisis at some stage or other this season, ours has come right at the wrong time when we have to rush into the final.

“But this is where we have to show our mettle. We’re all up for it big time. We need a massive support to get behind us.

“We are very proud to make our second successive final. But we don’t want to feel the pain of defeat again.”

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