Esh Group Eagles Newcastle coach Fab Flournoy isn’t looking for big changes from his side following their first defeat – just hoping it is their day when they host Birmingham Knights on Friday.

Eagles were beaten in overtime at Plymouth University Raiders last weekend for their first loss of the season.

However, Flournoy sees no need for major alterations as he looks back on that game as one where the ball simply didn’t bounce Newcastle’s way.

“It’s not really a question of a reaction from a loss because all we are trying to do at the moment is get better and more used to each other with every game,” said Flournoy.

“That doesn’t change whether the ball bounces our way at the end at Plymouth or whether it bounces their way.

“I was pretty happy with the way we played at times at Plymouth, we played with good cohesion but just simply failed to knock down a lot of wide open shots which on another day we would make.”

The Knights had a ‘free weekend’ following their opening night defeat to Leicester Riders and Flournoy anticipates that Birmingham, and Sunday’s opponents Manchester Giants, will be ready for battle.

“I expect both Manchester and Birmingham to play really hard,” he added.

“I know both Paul (Douglas) and Jeff (Jones) well and there is no way their teams will be giving anything less than full effort. But at this point in time I am really more focused on us.”

What they say:

Knights coach Paul Douglas: “Eagles are always tough to beat at home. They have such loyal fans and the players really feed off their energy but I trust my players and I trust their commitment to stick to our game plan after the Riders game as it showed what can happen if we don’t.”

Eagles forward Scott Martin: “We need to continue to build on our team chemistry and feel for playing with one another. For me personally, I am going to be looking to improve upon my three-point shooting. I’ve been struggling from that range a bit in the last couple of games so it would be nice to see a few go in.”

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