Miller: Dons must reach for new heights

Dons' Russ Spiers scores a try against Rochdale. Picture: Andrew Roe
Dons' Russ Spiers scores a try against Rochdale. Picture: Andrew Roe

TONY Miller insists his table-toppers are not the finished article and still have plenty of room for improvement.

Doncaster went two points clear at the top of Co-operative Championship One with a 48-26 win over Rochdale Hornets on Sunday.

The victory was the Dons’ second win against a highly fancied Rochdale side in the space of eight days and further enhanced Doncaster’s reputation as genuine title contenders.

But Miller was unhappy at his side’s sloppy start to the second half which saw them concede three quick-fire tries.

And despite watching his team notch their sixth league win out of seven, Dons’ head coach still says there is lots of work to be done on the training ground.

The Dons host fourth placed Oldham at the Keepmoat Stadium this Sunday (3pm).

Miller said: “I’m a little disappointed about the Rochdale performance, which I guess shows how far we’ve come as a club.

“The last three weekends we’ve not started the second half well and I let the players know at half time exactly what I wanted.

“So to concede three tries like we did means we did completely the opposite to what we wanted to achieve.

“We did some things very well and I was never really worried about the scoreline.

“We’ve got a lot of points in us.

“But the start to the second half just wasn’t good enough.

“Our left side did not look strong defensively and it’s something we’ll have a look at on the DVD.

“We got away with it on Sunday but against an Oldham or a Barrow we could come unstuck.

“If you take out that disappointing ten minutes then I thought we did all right,” he added.

“We won by 22 points at home and did a lot of good stuff but there’s areas we need to improve.”

It took just seven minutes for Doncaster to break the deadlock against Rochdale when the ball was shifted to the right for Dean Colton to crash his way over the line.

Dale Bloomfield touched down in the corner to level for the visitors but tries from Russ Spiers, Colton, Kyle Kesik and Craig Fawcett gave the hosts a 26-4 lead at the break.

Doncaster started the second period in sloppy fashion and three tries in eight minutes from Bloomfield, Dean Gorton and Paul O’Connor reduced the deficit to six points.

But Chris Spurr, Mick Butterfield and then Fawcett all touched down in the same right corner to settle the contest.

Chris Baines scored a late Hornets consolation but the Dons had the final say when Tom Hodson, who kicked six goals, went over after latching onto Paul Cooke’s perfect pass.

Sunday’s victory was marred by a knee injury to Grant Edwards.

The loose forward will have a scan this week but Miller is preparing to be without Edwards for a considerable period.

There is better news about winger Dean Colton.

There were initial fears that the Scottish international had broken his leg but his knee injury is not as bad as first feared.