DONCASTER avenged a 28-12 home defeat in the return against high-flying Championship rivals Featherstone Rovers at the Big Fellas Stadium yesterday.
Wins away to the West Yorkshire side have been rare over the years and few gave the Dons much of a chance following their 42-10 day defeat at York the previous week.
“We’ve not won at Featherstone while I’ve been coaching here, so it was a tremendous result,” said Dons boss Tony Miller.
“I challenged the players to perform after the York game and they responded magnificently.
“I’m not sure whether we suffered from complacency having won there a couple of weeks earlier in the Northern Rail Cup, but we didn’t perform like we had been doing.
“It was the same against Featherstone only with the roles reversed. I thought we wanted it more on the day and were deserved winners.
“We didn’t just scrape home and were never behind until they kicked a penalty in the final quarter following a late tackle by Brett Waller.
“We defended well and when we got the ball in their half we were more incisive than they were.
“They have a lot of quality players and we knew that we had to be tight around the ruck area, and we were. ”
He added: “Their half-backs are rated the best outside Super League, but Paul Cooke and Craig Fawcett were better.
“But everyone played their part; they were all brilliant.”
Hooker Nathan Powley (neck) is a doubt for Thursday’s Northern Rail Cup quarter-final at Swinton Lions.