Dons: Keep calm and carry on, urges boss Miller

Dons v Barrow.  Chris Spurr try.  Picture: Malcolm Billingham
Dons v Barrow. Chris Spurr try. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Doncaster coach Tony Miller insists the club are finally looking up and not over their shoulders following their third successive win.

The dream of getting into the Championship play-offs is looking more like a reality after the Dons demolished Cumbrian outfit Barrow 32-4.

However, whilst Doncaster’s victory went according to plan on Sunday, other results did not go in their favour in the top half of the table as Workington caused an upset against Batley and the likes of Sheffield, Halifax and Leigh all won.

Miller, althought admittedly happy that relegation pressure had eased, is adament they must continue to get results to push on for the play-offs - starting with the division’s sixth-placed team Whitehaven on Sunday.

“We’re not good enough to be complacent,” he said after the Barrow win.

“We’ve been good against the top sides and then, in the past, we haven’t backed it up against teams around about where we are in the league so to win at Batley and then to win against these (Barrow) is pleasing.”

He went on: “We’ve just got to do what comes naturally now.

“We were hoping Batley could beat Workington and we could creep into the (top) eight but fair play to Workington.

“We need to keep winning and let other teams take care of each other.

“When we played Hunslet the other week it was a must-win and we were a little bit edgy and just got home.

“But we can relax a little bit now. We’re not guaranteed we’re not going to be relegated but we’ve certainly put ourselves in a good position to have a good push for the play-offs rather than looking over our shoulders at relegation.”

Miller was delighted with his side’s defensive display against Barrow as well as their attack which burst into life in a matter of seconds when Danny Cowling added the first try.

Doncaster found themselves 20-0 up with 20 minutes gone before Jordan Davies scored Barrow’s solitary try.

However, a second half Lee Waterman double and Stewart Sanderson kicks helped Miller’s men to their third win on the bounce.