Doncaster’s big night on the box: Dons v Workington preview

Dons' coach Tony Miller. Picture: Andrew Roe
Dons' coach Tony Miller. Picture: Andrew Roe

TONY Miller expects tonight’s televised title duel with Workington Town to be a thriller - and hopes to give Doncaster’s long suffering fans something to shout about.

The Dons and Workington both require victory at the Keepmoat Stadium this evening (7.30pm) to keep the pressure on league leaders Barrow.

Miller’s men, meanwhile, require just four more points from five remaining games to be sure of promotion to the Championship.

Miller said: “We have to win against Workington to keep our title aspirations alive. I can’t see Workington slipping up much, if I’m honest.

“We have lost to Workington and Barrow and didn’t get a bonus point, so we are two points behind them.

“It could come down to goal difference - that’s how tight it could be.

“Our goal was to get promoted and it looks like we will achieve that.

“Now we would like to win the league, as would Barrow and Workington.

“I don’t think Doncaster have ever won a league title. The club’s been going over 50 years and fans haven’t had much success to cheer about. It would be nice to reward them.”

Doncaster were well beaten at Workington in May despite a fast start and Miller is hoping for better tonight - and says if his team come up short he would like Workington to win the league title.

“Workington are probably the form team this year, I’ve been impressed with them,” said Miller.

“We were 18-0 up against them last time and then they blew us away. We couldn’t live with them.

“Gary [Charlton] and Martin [Oglanby] have done a good job and both are good blokes. They are honest guys and have worked hard.

“They are like us in that they’ve had to start from scratch and build up, and we have a mutual respect.

“If we don’t win the title, I’d like to see Workington win it.

“It will be a cracking game and I can’t wait for it.

“It will be our first time on TV this year, which gives it added spice.”

Mick Butterfield and Tom Hodson are both missing for Doncaster, but dual-registered pair Liam Cunningham and Danny Cowling are set to feature.

Town will be without Darren Rooney and Jonathan Dawes (knee).

Town coach Charlton said: “It’s been a long time coming if we achieve promotion, and it’s testament to the board as well as the players and coaches.

“We’re not there yet – we still need three more points – but hopefully we can get those over the next five games.”

He added: “The boys know it’s going to be a tough game; it always is against Doncaster.

“We know the challenge ahead. Doncaster are a very good team, and I’m good mates with Tony Miller and Carl Hall, so I’m sure we’ll have some banter however the game goes.”