Proud Carbutt seeks to lead Dons revival

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NEW Dons captain Matt Carbutt hopes to lead the South Yorkshire side to victory in tomorrow’s Championship One clash against fourth-placed Workington Town at Derwent Park.

The former Hunslet forward took over the role in the club’s last game against Keighley a fortnight ago and was within three minutes of seeing the Dons inflict a rare defeat on the second-placed Cougars.

“It was a game that we should have won and it took me several days to get over it,” he told The Star. “We didn’t get the breaks with a couple of key decisions, but equally we lacked the necessary composure at times.”

Carbutt, who is in his third season at the club, says he had no hesitation about accepting the role and is determined to lead by example - both on and of the pitch.

Looking ahead to the trip to Cumbria, he said: “I’m confident about us getting a result up there having already beaten them at home.

“It was probably the best we’ve played in the league this season. We were down to just 13 fit men after 20 minutes or so but I thought that we showed a lot of character and if we do the same tomorrow we’ll give ourselves a good chance.

“They’ve got a big physical pack, who will be a handful on the tight Derwent Park pitch. We’ll certainly have to match them in the forwards, which I felt we more than did at home. We haven’t got the biggest of packs, but we are mobile and very fit.”

The Dons were second when the two sides last met two months ago whereas they are now third bottom.

“We’ve lost our last five league games, but apart from the defeat at Oldham, we could have won them all,” said Carbutt.

“I honestly believe that we are playing really well. As I say, we are just lacking a little composure at times.

“We are massively under-achieving in terms of results at the moment.”