Dons look for big draw in fourth round

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DONCASTER boss Tony Miller has targeted a Super League heavyweight after his side squeezed past the brave challenge of Thatto Heath Crusaders following an unconvincing 34-22 Powergen Challenge Cup third roundwin at the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday.

“I’d like a big gun and a big draw for the club and I’m not fussed whether it’s home or away,” said Miller.

The Dons, who lost at this stage of the competition 12 months ago following a shock capitulation to Siddal, made sure history did not repeat itself as they brushed aside the challenge of the amateurs despite a sloppy start, which saw the visitors take an early lead.

Miller was relieved that his side did not fall victim to another famous giant-killing act.

“The Siddal defeat was one of the lowest points of my career and we have spoken all week about preparing for this game like any other,” he said.

“But we seemed flat at times while Thatto played some expansive stuff, so full credit to them. We got through but the performance is not what I expect.

“I didn’t think we played particularly well if I’m honest. I don’t know if we underestimated them but take nothing away from Thatto Heath, I thought they contributed and had a real go.”

Miller, who gave new Hull FC loanee Nev Morrison his debut at wing, admitted his side were regularly exposed by the visitors and said that his charges would have to improve defensively when they begin their Co-op Championship One campaign at home to South Wales on Sunday.

“We looked vulnerable at times, especially on the left, and the intensity wasn’t there in defence,” he added.

“Without injured stand-off Craig Fawcett, we have lacked a little direction at times, but we’ll keep working on it and I’m sure we’ll rectify that for the start of the league campaign.”