THE Dons have a point to prove in tomorrow’s Championship One encounter against Oldham at the Keepmoat Stadium (3pm).
“We were awful when we played at Oldham (lost 46-24) and got what we deserved on the day,” admitted Dons boss Tony Miller. “Oldham played well and looked a good team. But we are a better side than we looked that day and I want us to show that tomorrow.
“We had a good win up at Workington last weekend, which ended a run of five successive league defeats, and we’ve got to build on that.
“We have given ourselves a bit more to do at this stage of the season to make the top-four, which is our target, than I would have liked.
“But we’ve got a game in hand (at Gateshead) and if we can beat Oldham, and win that, then we won’t be too far off where we want to be.
“As I say, Oldham looked good side that day. They’ve just missed out on promotion on several occasions in recent years and they’ve got a lot of experience in their team.
“So we know it is going to be hard but these are the sort of games that we need to be winning if we are going to be making a bid for promotion.
“Although any win up at Workington is good, there was still room for improvement in our game.
“There is no shortage of effort; it is just the fact that we are taking the wrong options at times and we need to be a bit more smarter.
“I’ve been trying to emphasise that there are times within a game when it is essential that you take the right options and that is mainly down to the half-backs.”
On-loan Wakefield Trinity Wildcats winger Gareth Potts is set to make his home debut for the Dons.
Potts impressed Miller with his two-try debut at Derwent Park.
“He’s got a lot of pace and he knows where the line is,” said Miller. “He’s an exciting player and I think he’ll relish playing on the big Keepmoat Stadium pitch.”
n Jamie Peacock will lead England out against the Exiles next week determined to make up for lost time.
The veteran Leeds forward missed last year’s unsuccessful Four Nations series because of a knee injury that sidelined him for eight months, but has been reinstated as captain for next Friday’s inaugural clash with Brian McClennan’s all-stars.
Peacock only made his comeback from the injury on April 29.