Dons: Miller confident about play-off campaign

Lee Waterman impressed for the Dons against Sheffield Eagles.
Lee Waterman impressed for the Dons against Sheffield Eagles.

The Championship play-off title is not out of the Dons’ reach according to soon-to-depart head coach Tony Miller.

The Dons sealed sixth place in the division with an impressive 34-20 win over Sheffield Eagles on Sunday.

And Miller believes his side’s latest result further demonstrates the Dons are capable of beating any side on their day.

“We’ve got to go into every stage of these play-offs that we reach believing that we can win,” Miller said.

“We’re not under any illusions about how tough it’s going to be, particularly if we get through on Sunday.

“But we’ve got a great chance to progress and we’re in the mix after that.

“We’ve proven several times this season that we can win at the big clubs.

“If we get it right on the day then we can beat anybody.

“That goes for every team in this division.

“Certainly on the second half of the season we are a top five team on form terms at least.

“The lads have done themselves justice in every competition they’ve played in this season and it’s important we do the same in these play-offs.

“They were magnificent against Sheffield and they gave me a great send off for my last league game.

“Now we’ve got the chance for another home game so we need to make it count.”

Securing sixth spot booked a home tie with Dewsbury this Sunday for the Dons.

And Miller feels they have a point to prove against the Rams following a disappointing performance in Dewsbury a fortnight ago.

He said: “I don’t think we’ve performed great against Dewsbury this season.

“I thought we were a bit unfortunate when they came here and won early in the year.

“But at their place we didn’t do ourselves justice so it’d be nice to put that right.

“They’ll be fancying their chances after beating us twice and then finishing the season with a win at Leigh.”

Miller will check on the fitness of Dennis Tuffour who was withdrawn with a shoulder injury during the clash with Sheffield.

Kyle Kesik and Mick Butterfield should return to the squad after missing the Sheffield game with illnesses.