Mike Emmett celebrated his 100th game for Doncaster by helping them claim a narrow win over visiting Swinton Lions.
But the loose-forward admits that the team’s performance will not rate among the best during his time at the club.
“We certainly made hard work of it and we almost threw it away to be honest,” said Emmett on the 36-34 win over the third-bottom Lions,
The Dons, who have their sights on second spot, had looked to be coasting to victory when leading 24-6 at the break.
“It wasn’t a case of us thinking that the game was won because we’ve come back from similar situations ourselves this season,” said Emmett.
“Having said that when they had a man sent off just after half-time, and we quickly scored another try, that should have been it.
“But for some reason we lost control of the rucks and they seemed to want it more. I’m not looking to make excuses but I think the Leigh game the previous week took a lot out of us.”
Player-coach Paul Cooke admitted after the game that he may have made a mistake when resting several players, but Emmett backed his decision.
“It’s a long season and when you are working five days a week and training three times as well as playing, it can take its toll. I think it’s a good thing to rest players,” he reasoned.
The Dons tackle their penultimate away game at tenth-placed Keighley tomorrow (3pm) with Emmett admitting only a much improved performance will do.
“Cougar Park is a really tough place to go and we’ve not had much success there in recent years,” he said.
“They are a big side, especially in the forwards, and we are going to have to play well to beat them.
“They are pushing to get back into the top eight and it’s going to be a battle.”