Dons boss Miller pensive but positive

Dons' Lee Waterman breaks through to score a try against Batley.  Picture: Andrew Roe

Dons' Lee Waterman breaks through to score a try against Batley. Picture: Andrew Roe

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Keep your chins up lads. That’s the message from coach Tony Miller to his players ahead of Sunday’s trip to face Swinton Lions.

Dons’ third straight Championship defeat came in gut-wrenching circumstances last weekend as Johnny Campbell crossed the line seconds before the hooter to steal a 24-18 win for Batley Bulldogs.

It’s all a far cry from last year for Doncaster who got used to the winning feeling as they steamrollered their way to the Championship One league title and Grand Final double.

But Miller is remaining upbeat as he takes his players back to Leigh Sports Village for the second time in the space of a month to face a struggling Swinton side.

“Sometimes sport is tough,” said Miller.

“You don’t always get the rewards you deserve.

“The spirit is there among the players. We didn’t lay down against Batley and for eighty minutes there was nothing between the teams.

“I thought we were the better team. The effort that the lads put in deserved more than a losing bonus point. It was a good response from the defeat at Hunslet.

“Everyone watching us will realise that we are fully committed and can compete in this league,” he added.

“If we’ve learned anything it is that, at this level, you’ve got to do all the little things right to get the results.

“There’s a few things we can do better but overall I’m pleased with how we’re playing.”

Mark Castle will undergo a fitness check for this weekend after struggling against Batley with a back problem.

Mike Emmett is also a doubt after breaking his nose against the Bulldogs.