Rugby League: Miller worried about Gateshead backlash

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DONCASTER boss Tony Miller will again warn his charges against complacency prior to tomorrow’s Championship One match against bottom club Gateshead Thunder at the Keepmoat Stadium.

The Dons, who will be bidding for a sixth successive win, made hard work of beating the North-east side 22-6 when the two sides met in Gateshead last month,

“We didn’t play well that day and there was probably a bit of complacency despite the fact that we’d spoken about it in the build-up, as we’ve done this week,” said Miller.

“Having said that, they surprised me on the day and I thought that they’d turned the corner.

“They were the best team for the first 20 minutes in their next match according to the Oldham coach.

“But the wheels fell off at Keighley last weekend so it will depend on how their players react on Sunday,

“Sometimes you get a good response after you’ve had a massive drubbing or heads can go down. I don’t know how the Gateshead players will react.

“We just have to make sure that we treat them with respect and approach it just like any other game.”

He added: “With it being so tight at the top, points difference could play an import role. We’ll obviously be looking to try and put a few points on the board but we’ll be looking to win the game first. If we score a few points in the process then that will be a bonus.”

Gateshead are likely to include Doncaster-born winger Ash Williams in their side. The ex local amateur played several games for the Dons earlier in the season before being released to allow the club to bring in a loan player.

Miller said: “He wasn’t going to get into our team and he hadn’t played a lot of rugby as an amateur so needs to be playing to develop. We might see him back here at some stage, you never know, but I’m sure he’ll be looking for a good game tomorrow.”

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