Betfred Championship: Play-off chasing Featherstone Rovers boss Ryan Carr refuses to look beyond next game

Featherstone Rovers coach Ryan Carr is reluctant to look too far ahead with the Championship play-offs almost in touching distance. PIC: Bruce Rollinson/JPIMedia
Featherstone Rovers coach Ryan Carr is reluctant to look too far ahead with the Championship play-offs almost in touching distance. PIC: Bruce Rollinson/JPIMedia
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FEATHERSTONE ROVERS are within touching distance of a place in the Betfred Championship play-offs, but coach Ryan Carr says they can’t look further than the next game.

With four rounds remaining in the regular season, Rovers are fifth in the table, four points clear of closest challengers Sheffield Eagles. Carr’s side had to dig deep to win 25-24 at Dewsbury Rams at the weekend – thanks to Dane Chisholm’s drop goal two minutes from time – and he insisted a top-five spot is not yet in the bag.

“We’ve got to go week to week,” said Carr, who is in his first season as Rovers’ boss.

“You can’t look too far ahead.

“If you do and you worry about other teams you forget about your own performance.”

Carr added: “We are just taking it one week at a time.

“We are just focused on Swinton on Sunday and playing really well at our home ground.

“We’ve been good there and we want to put on a good performance in front of our own fans.”

Rovers came through the game at Tetley’s Stadium with no new injury concerns and Carr was pleased with the way his men handled a tricky assignment.

“It was close in the end,” he reflected.

“It was a weird game, they were in front, we pulled it back and got ahead and they came back.

“It went down to the wire which was what we expected.

“It is a tough place to go to, it’s a small pitch and they play it well.

“They have got some good players and they definitely should not be that low on the table.

“On their day they can beat anyone, but we had a dig for each other.

“The boys turned up and worked really hard and you could see how much it meant to them.”