Doncaster Knights: We’ll earn respect from Blaydon, insists Griffiths

Clive Griffiths
Clive Griffiths

Respect and not revenge is on the agenda for the Knights when they welcome Blaydon this weekend.

Blaydon beat the Knights 22-17 in the reverse fixture in November and have not been quiet about their expectations of doing the double when they come to Castle Park on Saturday.

Clive Griffiths admits comments from the North East club have ‘stirred a few emotions’ and his side want to make sure Blaydon return up the A1 with renewed respect.

“Plenty has been said about what’s going to happen this weekend,” Griffiths said.

“Blaydon seem to be confident about coming here and getting a result as they should be. They beat us earlier in the season and out of all the games we have lost, that was the one I had no arguments with.

“We’ve not been riled up or angered by what has been said in the build-up but it has stirred a few emotions.

“We just want to make sure that Blaydon have some respect for us when the 80 minutes are up.

“As with any of the return fixtures that we’ve lost this season, it’s not about revenge for us.

“The target is to win every game, regardless of the opposition and we can’t take our eyes off that.”

The Knights head into the weekend following a break from action which Griffiths felt came at the wrong time.

He said: “The lads were on a massive high after the last gasp win at Tynedale and it was a shame that we didn’t have another game straight away to carry that in to.

“We’ve been on a very good run and you don’t really like to see it broken up for any reason.

“But the lads will have benefitted from the rest.

“We’ve left them to it and trusted them to look after themselves.

“They’ve deserved that.”

Griffiths last week penned a new two-year deal to remain in charge of the Knights until the end of the 2015/16 season.

He said: “I wouldn’t want to leave a place I’ve grown incredibly fond of with the job half finished.

“We’ve got to get back to the Championship first and then the work really begins.”