Confident Miller targets play-off spot

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DONS boss Tony Miller wants his charges to maintain the momentum, built up in the closing stages of the first half of their Championship One season, in the second part of their campaign which kicks off at Gateshead tomorrow.

“I spoke to the players in midweek and told them I wanted a strong second half of the season,” said Miller, whose side will be seeking a third successive win against the division’s bottom club at the town’s International Stadium.

“We set ourselves a target of a top-four finish and I’m confident that we can achieve that and have a real go at the play-offs.

“Gateshead are struggling this season.

“Because they are outside the game’s traditional heartland they haven’t got the pool of amateur clubs to draw upon so they need players from outside the area

“There needs to be an attractive package to encourage players to go there and from what I hear they haven’t got much money this season, so things are tough for them.

“But we can’t afford any complacency because although they’ve been losing heavily, particularly away, they have been scoring quite a few points at home.

“I’m not bothered if it is still 0-0 after 20 or even 30 minutes as long as we are doing the right things and building momentum.

“If we complete the vast majority of our sets (of six tackles) we generally tire the opposition out and then score points at the end of both halves. We’ve got players such as Kyle Kesik who can come off the bench and cause problems for defences which generally aren’t quite as resolute as earlier.

The Dons’ squad is boosted by four players - winger Gareth Potts (Wakefield), centre Nev Morrison (Hull), second-rower Chris Green (Hull) and centre/winger Mike Coady (Leeds) - on loan from Super League clubs.