Dons can stay up says Cooke

Doncaster try to find a gap in the Town defence. Photo: Glenn Ashley
Doncaster try to find a gap in the Town defence. Photo: Glenn Ashley
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Dons’ boss Paul Cooke remains hopeful that the club can win their battle against relegation from the Championship.

The likelihood of the club playing in League One next season increased after yesterday’s 37-6 home defeat by second-bottom Workington Town left them six points adrift.

But Cooke says he will be looking for the club to regroup for Sunday’s game against Hunslet in the inaugural Summer Bash at Blackpool this weekend.

Cooke, who said everyone felt ‘embarrassed’ by the result, has called for the players and coaching staff to pool their ideas as to how the situation can be turned around in training this week.

“I want us to go to Blackpool on Sunday with a game-plan which I hope we can deliver,” he said.

Cooke was critical of players’ failure to play to instructions in the second half of Sunday’s game.

“We were still in the game at half-time. I spoke of making them come off their line more in the second half as well as tidying up our last plays and building some pressure and wait for the opportunities. But we didn’t get one and that’s the most disappointing thing.”

Cooke acknowledged the threat of Wigan youngster Lewis Tierney, who formed part of Town’s dual-registered compliment.

The 20 year-old winger, whose dad is former league and union international Jason Robinson, raced in for a hat-trick of tries.

“He found some players out with his pace and scored some nice tries,” said Cooke, who again ruled out any prospect of coming out of retirement.

“But when you invite as much pressure as we did eventually the dam breaks.”