Boss Miller fires warning to ‘complacent’ players

Dons' Lee Waterman celebrates his try against Batley.  Picture: Andrew Roe
Dons' Lee Waterman celebrates his try against Batley. Picture: Andrew Roe
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Coach Tony Miller is keen to avoid a culture of complacency at Doncaster as they prepare for the toughest test of them all this weekend.

The Dons will travel to Featherstone Rovers on Sunday fresh from a surprising 42-10 defeat at the hands of York City Knights, especially after a run of three successive victories.

Miller sees Sunday’s game as a chance for his players to go and test themselves against one of the best teams in the league - but has warned that his players are more than capable of springing an upset.

“They don’t get much tougher than Featherstone, at Featherstone,” Miller said.

“But we have to go there and give a good account of ourselves.

“We have some good players, and they are keen to test themselves against the best.”

Miller will also be looking for a positive response from his Dons after their performance against the Knights of York.

Ben Johnston’s hat-trick of tries condemned them to defeat, and Miller said: “It was disappointing to lose, of course, but it was more the manner of the defeat than the scoreline itself.

“We were poor in defence, and the players just weren’t enthusiastic enough, which is a big part of our game.

“Maybe a few of them have become complacent, after we beat York last month (in the Northern Rail Cup). Who knows.

“But we can’t afford to become complacent - we’re not good enough to be complacent, and it’s something I’ll be working on.”

Miller was encouraged by another impressive display from Lee Waterman.

Waterman was dropped by Miller for the game against Keighley Cougars last month after a series of disappointing performances, but came back to score the last-minute winning try against Workington Town and then again got on the scoresheet in the York defeat.

“I’ve never had any doubts about Lee’s ability,” Miller said.

“He’s one of the best players around, and he’s been our best player over the last two weeks.

“He’ll admit that he’s let himself down in the past, off the field.

“But now it looks like he’s back on track and it was exactly the reaction I was looking for.”