DONCASTER Knights’ boss Lynn Howells is confident his charges can win their battle to finish in the Championship play-offs.
The Welshman knows that sixth-placed Knights would give their prospects of finishing the regular season, which ends next month, a huge boost were they to beat Plymouth Albion at Castle Park tomorrow.
“It’s a big game for us because it has the potential to put us within range of securing our top eight place and that would mean a big weight being be lifted off our shoulders,” he told The Star.
“What we have to do is play like we did in the first 35 minutes of last weekend’s British & Irish Cup game against Pontypridd. If we do that I’m convinced we’ll get a result. But if we play like we did the rest of the game then we’ll lose.
“We were in a strong position going into the last league game of last season and Plymouth, who needed to win to finish in the top eight, came up here and beat us. So we’ll have to play to the best of our ability if we are to beat them.
“Plymouth are in eighth spot and are desperate to stave off the challenge of the teams just below them so we know in that sort of situation their players will be prepared to put their bodies on the line and that will make it difficult for us and that we will have to do the same.
“What we have got to do is to take our scoring opportunities and also have a big defence.
“We don’t seem to be lacking the ability to score points, it is our defence at the moment which is causing us problems and we have worked on that in training this week.
“It is not a lack of defensive organisation it is the failure of players to make one-on-one tackles at times. It is individual errors. It’s about an attitude and a commitment and players standing up to be counted,”