Dons fate in own hands says coach Cooke

Doncaster RLF boss Paul Cooke felt his side ‘ticked another box’ in the club’s bid to finish in the top-four of the Championship in yesterday’s game at Spotland.

“We’d spoken in midweek that it was imperative that we beat Rochdale so I was thankful to pick up the three points and move on,” said Cooke after the club’s 22-16 win.

“We’ve now got a week off before two really big fixtures to finish our league campaign.

“It was greasy and windy out there and the team which controlled the ball best was always going to win the game. We tried to play for field position in the first half (when we had the wind) and I thought we did well and were full value for our half-time lead.”

Despite the fact that Hornets were already relegated, Cooke admitted he had expected a tough game.

Although Dewsbury, the club’s nearest challengers for fourth place, beat derby rivals Batley, Cooke insisted they weren’t putting any pressure on his side.

“The only pressure on us is from ourselves,” he said. “Our fate is in our own hands.”