Doncaster Rovers: ‘We know what we need to do’ - James Coppinger

James Coppinger
James Coppinger

Seven ‘cup finals’ stand between Doncaster Rovers and Championship safety, according to man of the moment James Coppinger.

Coppinger is set become only the fourth player in Rovers’ history to clock up 400 appearances in all competitions by featuring against Birmingham City today.

But the 33-year-old is more concerned about getting his club safe - and amid all of today’s fanfare regarding his personal achievement, Coppinger is focused on the job in hand.

“It’s a cliche but we’ve got seven cup finals left,” said Coppinger.

“We’ve got ourselves into a good position with seven games to go and hopefully we can get safe as soon as possible.

“The last six games have been fantastic,” he added, on Rovers’ run of four wins and one draw.

“There’s a massive belief within the squad at the moment.

“Everyone understands what we need to do.”

On today’s game, Coppinger is mindful of the threat posed by Birmingham’s former Rovers loanee Federico Macheda.

“Kiko came here and did really well,” said Coppinger.

“We know what he’s all about and we’ll be looking to stop him adding to his tally.”

Rovers could be as many as 11 points clear of the drop zone, or as few as five, by 5pm tonight.

Boss Paul Dickov is expected to name an unchanged side following last weekend’s win at Leeds.