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Speedway legend Greg Hancock insists Poole Pirates can shock fierce rivals Swindon
DEFIANT Greg Hancock is refusing to give up on Pirates’ Elite League dream and he insists they can shock the speedway world by overhauling Swindon.
Pirates are likely to start as big underdogs in next Monday’s semi-final second leg after suffering a 52-42 defeat at the hands of their arch rivals at Blunsdon.
Swindon seized control early on and punished Poole for failing to offer enough support to leading men Darcy Ward (14+1), Maciej Janowski (9) and Hancock (9).
But shale sport legend Hancock, who is a two-times world champion, is adamant Pirates have the firepower to bounce back in the return fixture at Wimborne Road.
And the popular Californian remains determined to continue his pursuit of a maiden British title by knocking out the defending champions to reach the grand final.
In an interview with the Daily Echo, Hancock said: “It is definitely manageable.
“What happened at Swindon was such a shame and they definitely caught a lot of us on an off night, with the exception of Darcy and Maciej.
“No matter what, we have to hit them hard from the first three or four heats.
“Then, I think we could be back in the game again and it would be no problem.
“If we can make a jump from the beginning of the match, I am sure we can do it, without a doubt.
I am not going to look back at all, I am just going to look up and think ‘we came this far, we are going all the way to the final’.
“We can’t let them get the upper hand. They are a really strong team and, without a doubt, it is going to be tough to take back the 10 points.
“But we are more than capable of doing it if we want to.”
Hancock, who joined Pirates as a replacement for injured captain Chris Holder, has racked up 75 paid 78 points in his eight meetings for the Dorset club.
But having trailed last in his opening ride before going on to get nine points, the Grand Prix veteran admitted to being far from happy with his slow start to the first leg showdown at Blunsdon.
Hancock added: “It was disappointing but I think we will come back much stronger at home next Monday.
“I started off so on the wrong foot. I got progressively better but you need to start off the way you finish.
“Darcy and Maciej were both on form which was fantastic and they saved the day as far as the points went.
“Now we just need to get our act together and with three 5-1s, we would be through to the final. That is the only way to look at it.”
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