‘Now or never’ for Dons, admits Tony Miller

Tony Miller
Tony Miller

Doncaster travel to Dewsbury’s Tetley Stadium tomorrow (3pm) still searching for their elusive first Championship win of the season.

The Rams, who posted a hard-earned 24-2 win at the Keepmoat Stadium in April, have proved something of a bogey side for the Dons since their return to the Championship and have not beaten them since 2008.

With the Dons having to make up an eight-point deficit to stave off relegation to League One, former head coach Tony Miller, who has again helped prepare the squad this week, says it is another ‘must-win’ game.

“The club know that to have any chance of staying up they have to put a run of wins together,” he said.

“We had hoped to make a start against Hunslet last week. We’ve now got to look to start it tomorrow.

“We know it’s not going to be easy because Dewsbury, with its narrow pitch, is always a tough place to go.

“They are also going well this season.

“I don’t think that they were at their best against Batley at Blackpool but I think their midweek game against Sheffield took something out of them.”

It is expected that the frontrunner for the head coach role will be at tomorrow’s game.

Doncaster have lost 14 out of 14 in the Championship this season and are six points adrift at the bottom.

And even though Miller says this season’s Championship is stronger than when the Dons finished fourth last season, he doesn’t believe the club have lost as much ground as the table would suggest.

“To be fair there have been a couple of games which I thought that we should have won and had we managed to win one of them we could well have won two or three and wouldn’t be in the position we are now,” he said.