Eastbourne Eagles boss Trevor Geer believes their shock exit in the Knockout Cup can motivate his riders to league glory.
The Eagles have enjoyed a highly successful season to date but suffered a surprise defeat in the second leg of the Cup to Poole Pirates at Arlington Stadium last week.
The Eagles produced a tremendous first leg performance at Poole, where they trailed by two points, and many fans expected an easy passage through to the final.
But on a soggy track at Arlington Poole showed their class and recorded a convincing 39-51 victory and destroyed the Eagles’ hopes of landing a league and cup double.
Geer’s men did, however, bounce back in style and have put themselves in pole-position for an Elite League play-off final appearance after a narrow 46-47 victory at Lakeside in the first leg of the League semi-final.
Victory against Hammers in the second leg at Arlington on Monday will set-up a final with Poole Pirates and give the Eagles a chance to exact some revenge for their KO Cup exit.
Eagles boss Trevor Geer said, “The lads were gutted after the Poole defeat.
“We really wanted the double this season and we were determined to achieve that.
“But Poole was an off day. Too many riders were not at their best and perhaps they thought I’m not doing well but I’m sure one of the other lads will sort it out.
“But it didn’t work like that. It was a wet track and we were all a bit shell-shocked by the performance.”
Eagles success this season has been based on their tremendous team spirit and Geer believes that helped them bounce back in style at Lakeside.
“This season the riders have motivated themselves. It is the best team spirit I have known at the club. The cup exit can motivate us and I think it has made us even more determined to win the league.”