King's Lynn boss says Heat 12 was turning point against Sheffield
King's Lynn Stars team boss Alex Brady agreed that Heat 12 of Thursday's close 41-49 Premiership home defeat to Sheffield was the turning point.
It was all to play for at 32-34 to the visitors.
The Tigers' Jake Allen had just been excluded for causing another stoppage in this protracted race, and Lynn's pairing of Wolverhampton guest Nick Morris and Richie Worrall in the three-rider re-run found themselves on a 5-1 maximum heat victory against meeting top scorer, dynamic Pole Tobiasz Musielak who was the sole remaining Sheffield representative.
But the mighty Musielak found his way around both home riders to seal a shared 3-3 result and Sheffield secured a further 3-3, a 4-2 and a 5-1 to take the win and four league points.
Brady told the Lynn News about Polish ace Musielak: "He was excellent tonight. He had a lot of speed. Nick got in Richie's way, unfortunately slightly.
"If we'd have carried on team riding as well as they have been then potentially Tobiasz would only have had time to get around one of them rather than two, which would have been slightly different for us.
"Yeah, that probably was the key heat, I think, and probably Heat 14 as well when I felt we were strong enough to get a 5-1 in that one.
"That would have put us in the lead but it didn't work out that way."
Stars number four Thomas Jorgensen summed up the frustration: "I'm quite at a loss for words. I changed it for the second ride (which the Dane won) and I thought this is it: we have it now. For my third ride it was up and down like a rollercoaster.
"I don't know what's going on. I'm trying to bring over an engine from Denmark but it's not ready yet. I just want to get this sorted.
"It's frustrating; we're trying our hardest. It was me who let the team down today, four points was not good enough and I just want to apologise to everybody.
"We had bad luck; but it's not bad luck for me, it's not good enough, that's all I can say. I will obviously try to be back much stronger next time.
"We need to carry on the good momentum we did have at the start of the season, turn it around and go from there."
Brady said about Niels-Kristian Iversen who had been recalled to the league in Poland and the lack of a top replacement: "You can tell we're missing the influence of Niels in the pits. Having guest riders and r/r (rider replacement) is not ideal.
"I've personally spent over 11 hours this week trying to get it resolved; hopefully in the not too distant future we will do.
"The guys sitting with me gave everything they could but hopefully there's a couple of people who will take a look at themselves and work out actually what they're doing because we weren't good enough as a group.
"As I've said before, win as a team, lose as a team and we lost tonight and we need to regroup. Next week is a week off which is useful for us before we go to Peterborough (Monday, July 4) and hopefully by then we'll be in a position where we can make something happen with the team.
"This next week or ten days will be a big period of reflection for a lot of people."