Tuesday April 26, 2022
BIRMINGHAM boss Laurence Rogers insists his side have got nothing to lose when they head to reigning Champions Poole on Wednesday (April 27, 7.30).

The Curtis Sport Brummies have been beaten in all three of their Championship fixtures on the road so far.

And their opponents have continued their dominance from last term by hitting 58-points in their opening two home fixtures.

With all of that in mind, Rogers has described their trip to Wimborne Road as a ‘free hit’ – but still wants to leave Dorset on Wednesday with some positives to move forward with.

“This probably will be our toughest test of the season,” Rogers admitted.

“They’re a really solid side; they’ve got three of the most proven Championship heat-leaders in their team in Stevie Worrall, Danny King and Richard Lawson, the Cook brothers (Ben and Zach) are going well and Drew (Kemp) and Nathan (Ablitt) have been among the points early doors as well.

“We’ve got nothing to lose because everyone outside of Birmingham expects Poole to win based on results so far – so the boys can just go there and give it their best with no pressure on their shoulders.

“Danny Ford (Poole Promoter) has already admitted they’re strong favourites for this meeting, but he has also more-or-less said he won’t underestimate us and that they’ll treat us with the respect we deserve.

“We’re all disappointed we haven’t managed to pick up a league point yet, but I have seen some improvements in our last two meetings at Redcar and Scunthorpe.

“I felt we were in contention for a league point or more in both of those because we showed a lot more fight, it’s just been in the last few races it’s got away from us where we haven’t shown the kind of form I’d expect, so hopefully that is one thing that can change soon too.

“Whatever happens down at Poole though, I want to come away looking at some of the positives from the season as a whole so far to take us into what is a big, big night for us next Wednesday (May 4) when we host Scunthorpe at Perry Barr.”

POOLE: Steve Worrall, Zach Cook, Richard Lawson, Ben Cook, Danny King, Drew Kemp, Nathan Ablitt.

BIRMINGHAM: Claus Vissing, James Shanes, Josh Auty R/R, Ashley Morris, Adam Ellis, Stefan Nielsen, James Pearson.

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