Jaded Monarchs are told tiredness can be no excuse

John Campbell says the Knockout Cup performance against Glasgow was shocking

John Campbell says the Knockout Cup performance against Glasgow was shocking

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Edinburgh Monarchs team members have been told they need to get themselves fired up for tonight’s Premier League fixture against Rye House Rockets at Armadale in the wake of their KO Cup drubbing by Glasgow Tigers last weekend.

Monarchs were thrashed 54-30 by the Tigers in the quarter-final first leg which all but ends the Capital team’s hopes of making the semi-finals.

Co promoter John Campbell described it as a “shocking performance” and added: “We had no excuses and I can’t remember the last time we were so bad.”

He continued: “The Glasgow fans will believe they can’t lose now. But it’s not over until it’s over and we have a team of Armadale experts and they haven’t. We will be going for it in our home leg.”

Monarchs team manager Alex Harkess while not condoning his side’s lack of effort and drive, said: “It was obviously disappointing and for the first time this season I felt the team were really jaded.

“Far too many matches finally caught up with them and the rain which fell during the match stopped their spark from coming through.”

Skipper Sam Masters, who only scored six points on a track he dislikes ,tweeted afterwards that he was “tired”. Asked if that was excusable Harkess replied: “If you do the amount of travelling that Sam did that week due to his involvement in the Speedway World Cup most people would get tired and bear in mind he was in Sweden on the Tuesday.

“And Kevin (Wolbert) drove through the night after last Friday’s home win against Sheffield to fly from Birmingham on the Saturday for a meeting in Germany before returning to Edinburgh on the Sunday for the Glasgow meeting.

“It was just one of those odd days when we were just a bit stale and there was nothing to ignite us. And the rain played a big part as it got heavier. The visibility was not good and it was all about making starts after that. There was very little passing but it was the same for both teams though.”

The Rockets, after occupying a play-off position in the table, have now slipped out of contention and are desperate to recapture their early-season run of form.