DONCASTER Knights will go into the second half of their 2011-12 Championship campaign at home to Cornish Pirates on Saturday languishing in eighth place.
“Obviously I’d like to have been a bit higher at this stage of the season and I wouldn’t say that I’m altogether happy with the first half of the season,” said Knights’ boss Brett Davey.
“But I think that there is a lot of room for improvement and how we progress over the next six to eight weeks is the key.
“We’ve not beaten any of the top-four sides, though we drew away to second-placed Bedford, but I still feel that we are more than capable of beating the leading team.
“I feel that it’s just a case of keeping our concentration levels for 80 minutes more than anything else
“We’ve had games when we’ve played pretty well and lost and we’ve got to start turning those games into wins.
“Equally, there have ben one or two games that we have won that we possibly could have lost.”
Knights have lost their last two home matches and also suffered a derby defeat at Rotherham at the weekend,
“I wasn’t happy with the defeat but Rotherham have proved to be hard to beat at home this season,” said Davey. “They scored 17 points when were a man down in the first half and had we been able to keep 15 men on the pitch throughout it could have been a different story.
“It was always going to be a big ask to come back from 17-0 down at half-time but I was pleased with our second half showing.
“It’s always hard playing catch-up and I’ve seen teams in that position lose by 40 points but we kept going and that was a real positive. The team spirit in the squad was very good.
“When we played our style of rugby we looked very good in patches and we played some very decent stuff.
“But, as I say, they are a very good home side and disappointed though we were, you’ve got to give them a bit of credit.”