Miller hopes to build on Whitehaven win at Barrow

Dons' Mike Emmett is tackled against Whitehaven. Picture: Andrew Roe
Dons' Mike Emmett is tackled against Whitehaven. Picture: Andrew Roe

TONY Miller wants his team to have style as well as substance in the battle for promotion back to the Championship.

The Dons made a perfect start to their league campaign with a comfortable 48-16 win over Whitehaven at the weekend.

And Miller, who enthused about his team’s first half performance at the Keepmoat Stadium, is hoping for more of the same at Barrow on Sunday (3pm).

Miller said: “The Whitehaven win was a good start for us. It was just what we wanted.

“The first half was as good as we’ve played for a long time.

“We want to play some football this season and we want to get the forwards playing as well.

“That’s something we’ve worked on on the training ground and it paid off on Sunday.

“Paul Cooke and Kieran Hyde got a bit of an understanding going but they had a lot of support from everyone else.

“There wasn’t a weak link out there and it’s up to the lads to maintain those standards at Barrow.”

Cooke stood out like a sore thumb against Whitehaven, marking his league debut with two tries, eight goals and showing a coolness under pressure that will be a huge asset for the Dons this term.

Lee Waterman (2), Kyle Kesik, Hyde and Tom Hodson also touched down to put Doncaster top of the embryonic Championship One table.

Cooke and his team-mates are likely to face a much stiffer test at Barrow.

Miller said: “The conditions really suited us and we know at the Keepmoat we’ll have a firm surface to play on.

“It’s up to us to adjust when we’re on our travels.”

Miller will check on the fitness of Grant Edwards (knee) and Liam Cunningham (shin) who both suffered knocks on Sunday.

Carl Hughes faces a lengthy lay-off after suffering a dislocated shoulder.