DANNY Ford believes "complacency" played a part in Pirates' disappointing 49-41 loss to Wolverhampton on last night.

Poole's hopes for top spot were dashed after suffering a heaviest home SGB Premiership defeat of the season, but results elsewhere ensured Neil Middleditch's men have qualified for the play-offs with three meetings to spare.

And co-promoter Ford believes knowing a top-four finish was all but secured played its part in the Wolves clash at Wimborne Road.

He told the club website: "While nothing was confirmed until last night, I think deep down we knew our spot in the play-offs was pretty secure – and that was the problem.

"Complacency is often what punishes you in this sport and I think we allowed that to set in last night.

"It was a disappointing performance in front of our own supporters."

Wolves reserve Luke Becker played a key role in his side's win at Wimborne Road, totalling 15+1 from his seven rides.

In comparison, Poole reserve duo Tomas H Jonasson and Ricky Wells managed just one point between them.

"Reserve is such a key spot in the team and we were really undone by a brilliant performance from Luke Becker," said Ford.

"But if we're going to do what we set out to do in the spring and retain our title, we'll need more from Ricky and Tomas in the play-offs, particularly at home."

Poole sit third in the Premiership table, one point behind leaders Swindon with one meeting in hand.