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Posted 24 February 2014 - 06:07 PM

“We started very well this week. We obviously put a big emphasis on starting well after last week and I thought we controlled the game pretty well early on and only after a couple of errors and missed kick offs did they begin to get any impetus in the game. Overall I am very pleased with a win that meant no bonus point for the opposition against a team that I imagine will be in and around us for the remainder of the season."

“We have worked on the attack since the Hull FC game where I thought structurally against Hull we got into position but missed the kick. We have done a lot of work over the past six weeks on being in position and not missing that kick. The responsibility lies with each player, they are culpable on video on Tuesday evenings, so everyone is taking on board what we have tried to change subtly. It may only look subtle from the touchlines but I can tell you that when you are out there they are massive changes to the attack and we are getting there.

“We are delighted with the win, with the number of tries we scored and with the way we defended for large periods.

“Everything needs improving though. I’ve just spoken to Danny Nicklas and said as a couple of half-backs we are winning games and we aren’t playing great at the minute but things will get better. We will experience some downs as well as ups and we need to maintain our standard defensively and keep working in that area and obviously in offense we need to keep working on those subtle changes and being accountable for our actions.

“There we no knocks today. Brett Waller and Lee Waterman will see specialists this Wednesday and we should know more as of then. Other than that we made eight changes today and left Castle and Carbutt on the bench knowing that Jay Pitts and Spiers are on charges this week. If both get bans at least they stay fresh.

“We have Dewsbury next week and I like them. I like Glenn as a coach, the way he works, the way his game plans are and their strength as a group. It would have been nice to get the friendly against them and see how they are playing this year but I’m sure we will get a couple of videos on them and we’ll do our homework. We respect every opposition and the way they go about their business.”

The Dons next fixture is against Dewsbury on Sunday 2nd March, kick off 3pm.  For tickets phone 01302 762576


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