Doncaster Dons looking for hat-trick

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DONCASTER resume their assault on the Championship One title after a four-week break when tackling lowly Gateshead at the Keepmoat Stadium on Sunday (3pm).

It will be the third meeting of the two clubs this season with the Dons having romped to victory up at the International Stadium in both the league and a Northern Rail Cup group game.

“It’s probably a good game to have following the long lay-off just in case we are a bit rusty,” said Dons’ boss Tony Miller.

“But that doesn’t mean that we regard the result as a foregone conclusion.

“I think they’ve been unlucky in a few games this season. I think they’ve got better the longer the season has gone on but unfortunately for them, so have the rest of the teams.

“But they’ll be coming here and having a go and we’ve got to make sure that we don’t treat them lightly and that we give them the respect that they deserve.

“It will be good to get back to the Keepmoat, where the pitch looks in excellent condition, for the first time since early last month.

“We are unbeaten at home in the league this season and the big pitch helps us to play the sort of expansive game we like to play.

“We’ve dropped down to third since we last played but it is still very tight at the top any one of four teams, including ourselves, can still win the title.

“So, as well as looking to win Sunday’s game, we’ll also be looking to put as many points on the board as we can because it could all come down to points difference at the end of the season.”

Miller will make a late decision on whether to play stand-off Paul Cooke, who completed a gruelling seven marathons in as many days for charity on Tuesday. Craig Fawcett is likely to cover if he is rested.