Davey: Momentum is key for Knights

Tom Luke in action at Bedford on Saturday.
Tom Luke in action at Bedford on Saturday.

BRETT Davey says this weekend’s visit of Nottingham is ‘massive’ as his side looks to continue their remarkable run of form.

The Knights extended their unbeaten run to five matches by picking up a rare draw at Bedford Blues on Saturday.

And Davey insists his side’s current hot streak will give them a great chance against one of the Championship’s top sides.

He said: “It’s just a massive game because of the momentum we have right now.

“I put Nottingham right up there in the top four teams in this league and to get a result against them on Saturday would be a major statement from us.

“We’re confident and we have every right to be given what we’ve achieved recently.”

While Doncaster’s success so far has been largely down to their attacking prowess, it was defensive strength that sealed a share of spoils at Bedford, a match broadcast live on Sky Sports.

Davey said: “Our defensive work was brilliant in that second half when we saw very little of the ball.

“We only had 20 per cent possession so to come away with two points is a great achievement, especially at a side like Bedford.

“I said earlier this month our defence would improve over six to eight weeks once Neil Kelly came back from the World Cup.

“Neil and Tom Luke have done a great job with the coaching.”

Luke exchanged penalties with former Knight Jamie Lennard in the opening minutes but Michael Keating put the Knights ahead when he caught the Bedford back line out with a neat chip and run to score in the corner.

Another former Doncaster man dragged Bedford back into the game after the break, Neil Cochrane diving over after a polished line-out move.

The converted try lifted the home team and when Josh Bassett went over for the Blues the impetus appeared to be with the hosts.

But in a dramatic conclusion PJ Gidlow saw his try awarded by the television referee to level the scores at 18-18.

It was a case of what could have been for Doncaster as an audacious 60 metre penalty attempt from David McIlwaine rattled the post, and again so when Chris Hallam opted to run for the line when the Knights were awarded another penalty at the death.

Davey admitted the decision of the scrum half was questioned but accepted as ‘just one of those things.’

He said: “On another day things would have been different and we would have had a different outcome.

“But it’s not something we’d dwell on too much.

“We took a lot of positives from that game and one of the main things was that some of the younger lads got the chance to play in front of the Sky cameras for the first time.

“Hopefully it’s something we’ll be doing again later in the season because we didn’t do too bad this time around and I’m sure we impressed a few people.”