Doncaster Knights: Coach refuses to use injury excuse as Knights return to action

Doncaster Knights assistant Steve Boden is not a man who likes to settle for second best.

Thursday, 28th November 2019, 9:00 am
Greene King IPA Championship. Doncaster Knights v Ealing Trailfinders. Doncaster's Rouban Birch. Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe 16th November 2019.

Nor is he someone who looks for excuses when things don’t go as planned

“We’ve had had a lot of injuries and disruption with people playing out of position for most of the season,” he said.

“It’s not National One, it’s the Championship; it’s a very tough league.

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“But I’ve been here before at other clubs and there is no point in talking about injuries because it is not going to make you any stronger. If anything it can damage the mindset.

“Whoever is playing, and wherever they are playing, they’ve just got to go out there and try and get a result.

“We came away from the Ealing game empty-handed but despite the fact that they are a hell of a side it wasn’t until they got within five metres of our line that they looked like scoring.

"That shows that there are boys here who care and who are prepared to play for each other and I think that’s a huge credit to them.

“Obviously we aren’t where we’d hoped to be in the league but we are where we are.

“I don’t think we need to panic going forward. We’ve just got to realise that those sort of qualities – the desire and commitment - will get us to where we want to be if we can retain that ‘backs to the wall’ mentality when we get players back and are able to create more chances.

“If we start panicking because we’ve lost a few games it’s just going to add to the pressure.

“As I say, we’ve got a group of men who have gone out there, especially in the last couple of games, and done the club proud and supporters should be proud of them. I certainly am.”

Boden added: “In the modern game you need to be on the front foot.

“It’s frustrating but we’ve just got to stick in there and keep grinding away every week. We are going through a tough patch but one of the things about adversity is that you learn about people and that helps when you come out the other side.”