Doncaster RLFC: No repeat of play-offs misery, warns Cooke

Doncaster RLFC's Paul Cooke.

Doncaster RLFC's Paul Cooke.

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Dons boss Paul Cooke is anxious that history doesn’t repeat itself in next month’s Championship play-offs.

“We fell flat on our faces in last season’s play-offs and I don’t want that to happen again this year,” said Cooke ahead of Sunday’s home game against in-form Workington Town.

“We’ve lost our way in recent games, mainly due to individual mistakes, and we need to produce some good performances in our final four league matches in order to go into the play-offs in some sort of form.

“Workington are still scrapping to retain their place in the Championship and they’ll be desperate to win down here on Sunday, but they’ll not want it more on the day than us.

He added: “We’ve also got to try and look after the boys in the next month.

“It’s difficult for those players (who work in manual jobs) when it is as hot as it has been recently.

“They are straight into the car after work, have a long drive and come training, where they give it everything they’ve got as well as playing at the weekend. We’ve got to be mindful of their needs.

“A plus is that Mike Emmett will have had a break following a two-match suspension, which he completes on Sunday. The same applies to Tom Hodson, who has returned following a family holiday.”

Cooke is eager for injured trio Liam Cunningham, Mike Kelly and Mark Castle to get more minutes under their belts ready for the play-offs.