Dons out to maintain momentum in cup

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DONCASTER’S Northern Rail Cup hopes may have already been hit ahead of tomorrow’s final Pool A clash against Rochdale at Spotland, but Tony Miller is still keen to keep his side on track.

“Although we lost against Dewsbury last weekend, it was the best we’ve played this season,” said the Dons boss.

“We’ve got better in every game we’ve played and I want to keep that momentum going ahead of next week’s Challenge Cup tie and the start of the league programme in a fortnight’s time.

“Both games are more important than tomorrow’s game, and I’m sure that Rochdale, who have also lost interest in the Northern Rail Cup, will think the same.

“But we’ll be going out to try and win the game, not least because it will give us a psychological advantage if we do win when we go back there in the league. I just hope that we don’t pick up any more injuries after picking up a few against Dewsbury which will keep out the likes of Shaun Leaf and Mick Butterfield among others.

“We suffered badly with injuries the last time we were there at the start of the 2010 league season.

“Aaron Henry suffered a fractured cheekbone and Grant Edwards needed a knee reconstruction operation after falling awkwardly following a high shot.

“Grant hasn’t played since last March but his rehabilitation has gone well and he is almost ready to resume playing.”