Life won’t get any easier for the Dons this weekend but that’s a sign of the times, according to club captain Craig Robinson.
Dons host fancied Featherstone Rovers on Sunday.
“When I first saw the fixture list I thought March looked like being a particularly tough month,” said Robinson.
“It’s proving to be the case, though there are no easy games.
“Sometimes the new teams can struggle. But with the changes the RFL are introducing next season, everyone seems to have invested and strengthened to try and remain in the Championship.
“We’ve already seen that Keighley and Dewsbury are stronger than last year, and I was impressed by promoted North Wales when we played them in pre-season.
“Featherstone are traditionally one of the best teams at this level and we know we are going to be in for another tough game. But we are hoping to make the Keepmoat a fortress this year. We were disappointed to lose against Dewsbury in our last home game.”
Robinson has taken advantage of players being out to stake his claim for a regular spot in the team.
“I was in and out of the side last year,” he said.
“I was injured early on and Mike Kelly stepped in and played well, as he has done this season.
“Paul (Cooke) has told us he’ll pick the team on performances and I’ve been pretty happy with the way things have been going.
“I probably had one of the best pre-season campaigns that I’ve ever had and, so far, I’ve kept clear of injuries.
“I’ve always devoted a lot of time to my fitness programme but when you get injured, and are out for any length of time, it knocks you back a bit and you are playing catch-up.
“That’s what happened last year. I was playing a couple of games then missing a couple and it’s hard to get match fitness.
“As I say, things have gone well so far and my aim is not to give Paul a reason to drop me. The only way I can do that is to keep performing.”