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Track Talk: Peter Adams turns up heat on his misfiring stars

By Nigel Pearson | Speedway | Published:

Peter Adams was less than impressed with his Wolverhampton side after seeing them slip up at Swindon on Thursday.

Team boss Peter Adams wants more from his top riders after another Wolves defeat

And he’s turned up the heat on his riders ahead of Monday’s key clash with Peterborough at Monmore.

He says there are riders who should be doing better for Parrys International Wolves and they are in serious danger of fading out of the play-off picture if they don’t sort it soon.

“We didn’t have enough race winners though and that’s the bottom line overall,” he said.

“We’ve got people in this team who should be doing far better than they are and until they do start doing better, results are always going to be like this I’m afraid.

“The responsibility is with the team that we’ve got and they’ve got to step up to the plate.

“I fully expect them to do that as well because the riders are hurting again; we came here looking for a win but as I say, when you’ve got some of your best riders barely into single figures then of course it’s difficult.”

In my view Wolverhampton are one of the great mysteries of the Premiership season. I, along with several ‘experts’ (note I didn’t put myself in that bracket...), predicted a big year for the club as the side pieced together last winter looked impressive on paper.

True, they weren’t helped by pre-season injuries to Jacob Thorssell and Nick Morris.

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And I was reading Wolverhampton’s club facebook in the aftermath of Thursday’s defeat where some supporters were saying they should never have got rid of Scott Nicholls.

It doesn’t matter how many times you see it explained, some keyboard warriors just don’t get it. Nicholls was signed on the understanding he would make way for Thorssell once the Swede was ready to return, and yet someone even replied to me saying everyone thought he was staying. It’s not what Scott himself said to me on the occasion of his final appearance for Wolves when he said he would have liked to have stayed but the deal was the deal and he understood fully. As I say, you just can’t get through to some people.

But now is the time for Wolverhampton fans to get right behind their team, instead of turning on them. How some riders must feel reading some of the hatred – that’s what it seems – on social media I just don’t know.

Meanwhile it’s Speedway of Nations (World Pairs) time tonight and tomorrow as Great Britain go for gold in Russia.

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But the loss of Tai Woffinden will underline to us just how important he is to the side and I expect us to miss out on bronze, sadly.

There was a lot of self congratulatory back slapping after claiming the silver medal last year – but without one man, Woffinden, it wouldn’t have happened.

I’m expecting Russia or Poland to win it and I fancy Australia and Sweden to battle for bronze. I’ll put us down for fifth.

I wish GB all the very best but it will be tough. You can catch all the action on BT Sport from 3.45pm today and tomorrow – join us!

After that, it’s a nice trip to the seaside for me and a few days with the Sky Sports team at the World Matchplay Darts in Blackpool. My Kiss-Me-Quick hat is already packed!

Nigel Pearson

By Nigel Pearson
Columnist - @nigelpearson

Sports broadcaster/writer specialising in Football, Darts and Speedway for Sky Sports, IMG, BT Sport and talkSPORT.

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