ONLY A win will be good enough for Batley Bulldogs at home to Doncaster in the Kingstone Press Championship tomorrow (3pm).
Batley are second from bottom, with only Doncaster – who have yet to collect a point – below them.
But with closest rivals Workington and Hunslet facing the top two in the table, Batley could climb two places with a victory.
Doncaster are now coached by ex-Batley boss Gary Thornton and John Kear, the Bulldogs chief, said: “Every game they play is a game nearer winning.
“Gary will have had some time to put his ideas and thoughts into it and their personnel has already changed.
“I can see signs they are progressing, but in all honesty – and no disrespect to them – I am not bothered about Doncaster.
“I am focused on Batley and it is imperative we come up with a good performance and the correct result.”
Kear admitted Batley – who were competitive against Bradford Bulls last week – have struggled against the lower teams this season.
“It is a problem,” he conceded. “The two Whitehaven games were probably our worst performances of the season.
“Our level of performance has risen against the full-time teams and what we have got to do is make sure we repeat that when we play the teams in and around us. We have still got Halifax to play, but we have finished against the real giants in our division, Leigh and Bradford, so, as a group, we have got to get the right mindset for the games coming up.”