NEWS | Green: "We can't slip up again"

NEWS | Green: "We can't slip up again"

5th July 2019

Dons assistant head coach Pete Green says that the club cannot afford to slip up against West Wales Raiders in Saturday’s Betfred League One fixture.

Richard Horne’s side sit sixth in the league table, just five points off Whitehaven who lead the way, and Green admitted ahead of the journey to Wales that the Dons can’t afford to lose again in 2019.

“None of them are easy games for us, they are all must win games and we can’t slip up again, it’s that simple. We’ve had a little bit of a down week, the lads are a little bumped and bust up, so we’ve had some light sessions to make sure they’re fresh for the trip and the game,” he said.

“We’ve got to make sure our performance is polished and clinical, as we were last week, and make sure we get the result again, because like I say we can’t afford to slip up again.”

Six games remain in Betfred League One and with 12 points to play for, automatic promotion is still within reach for Horne’s side, but Green said it’s difficult not to put pressure on the squad.

“It’s a difficult one because we don’t want to put pressure on the lads, but they have got to realise that we have put ourselves in this situation,” he added.

“We’ve slipped up in games where we should have got results and maybe we would have been sitting a little bit more comfortably now, but we haven’t, we’ve slipped up and we’re now in a position where we’ve got to go out and win every game.

“But if you look at the season, and look at the other teams, there has been a lot of surprises and we don’t know how things are going to finish so we’ve got to make sure that we win everything that we can.”

It’s been a tough week for the Dons after three games in seven days saw Horne’s side narrowly defeated by Newcastle Thunder in the league and Sheffield Eagles in the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup. 

But after victory in hot conditions at Coventry Bears last week Green praised the squad, and the way they have looked after themselves in such a busy period.

“Sometimes that is what people forget, the lads are up at five and six and in the morning, working 40 or 50 hours on top of that, and recovery wise it does take it out of you,” he said. 

“The game against Sheffield was really physical and I thought they really took it to us, and the lads put a hell of an effort in to that game, so to back that up only a few days later they did really, really well.”



NEWS | Green: "We can't slip up again"