Wakefield challenge has Dons buzzing

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DONS boss Tony Miller insists that his Championship One side will be up for the challenge when they cross swords with Super League rivals Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in Sunday’s Carnegie Challenge Cup fourth round tie at the Keepmoat Stadium.

“Team spirit in the camp is good, as it has been all year, despite Sunday’s 46-24 defeat at Oldham,” said Miller.

“We were a bit off the pace at Oldham and it was a bad day at the office. We missed too many one-on-one tackles and the players have taken collective responsibility for the performance and we’ve drawn a line under it and we are just focusing on Wakefield now.

“There is a bit of a buzz about the place this week with it being the Challenge Cup and being at home against a Super League club in front of what should be a decent crowd.

“The Challenge Cup is still the best knockout competition in the sport and everyone in the game wants to play at Wembley in the final.

“It was certainly my ambition when I played but the furthest I ever got was the quarter-finals with Doncaster and Featherstone.”

The Dons received a boost at Tuesday’s training session when full-back Mick Butterfield resumed training after being ruled out of the Oldham game with a dead leg.

“We missed Mick on Sunday to be fair,” said Miller. “I tried Craig Fawcett there and although he did okay, I don’t think it is his best position,” said Miller.

Fears that half-back Aaron Dobek could miss the game after picking up an ankle injury at Oldham have proved unfounded, and he was able to train on Tuesday.

Skipper Shaun Leaf (thumb) will still be missing, however.

“He’s probably another week or so away from being ready.” said Miller.