Poole Pirates' playoff bid in doubt after Peterborough Panthers defeat
POOLE Pirates were given a wake-up call as their Elite League playoff ambitions took a knock against the Peterborough Panthers.
Kenneth Bjerre inspired the visitors to a comfortable 51-39 win - making it difficult for the Pirates to qualify for the playoffs.
"That was something of a wake-up call I guess" explained Poole team manger Neil Middleditch.
"Full credit to Peterborough who rode very well, whereas we kept making life difficult for ourselves.
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"We said before this meeting we couldn't really afford to slip up at home, but we have done and that just puts more pressure on our remaining meetings.
"It's not an impossible goal, it's certainly a tough one, but we will have to bounce back from this and be ever stronger for it."
Poole's top riders struggled to compete against Peterborough - who were in confident mood after their recent win at Elite League champions, the Swindon Robins.
Micky Dyer stood out for the Pirates, recording a victory in heat four - but Darcy Ward and Maciej Janowksi had a disappointing night at Wimborne Road.
The defeat leaves the Pirates in fifth place, three points behind the Lakeside Hammers - who Poole visit tomorrow evening.