Poole Pirates: Kyle Newman confident Pirates will rediscover winning touch at home

RESERVE: Kyle Newman

RESERVE: Kyle Newman

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UPBEAT Kyle Newman says back-to-back home losses could provide Pirates with all the motivation they need to secure Elite League glory once again.

Neil Middleditch’s team had their colours lowered by Coventry and King’s Lynn before being robbed of the chance to bounce back when last Wednesday’s clash with Wolverhampton was abandoned due to rain.

The double defeat was the first time in nearly five years that Pirates suffered two losses on the spin at Wimborne Road, but reserve Newman was confident the British top flight’s reigning champions will emerge stronger.

He told the Daily Echo: “If anything those results may turn out to be good for us. It’s not going to be a walk in the park and now we’ve got to get our heads down and work harder.

“We know we’re a good side, we’ve just got to get our problems out of the way, myself included, and work towards our goal at the end of the year.

"We weren’t losing by much so if I up my scoring and some of the other boys do the same, then we’re there. That’s the way I look at everything. You’ve got to try and put a good beat on it.”

After a flying start to 2014, Newman sustained a ruptured thigh muscle while riding in a Premier League Cup fixture at Peterborough on April 15.

He was back in action for Poole against Birmingham a fortnight later, but then sat out further meetings to give the injury more time to heal.

Since returning against Lakeside on May 14, Newman has averaged nearly seven points per meeting over four outings, a figure he has not been content with.

He added: “I’ve struggled since coming back from injury and am only just starting to feel myself again. I’ve had a few bad scores but hopefully I can turn them round.

“I’m starting to notice the difference of having a personal trainer as I’m feeling lighter and looser on the bike.

“We’ve got a week or so off the Elite League now which gives me a few extra days to work harder, on the bikes and on myself. When we come back to it, I’ll be raring to go.”

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