Doncaster Rovers: James Coppinger confident Rovers are hitting their stride

James Coppinger
James Coppinger

James Coppinger is confident Doncaster Rovers can start to turn heads after a sluggish start to their League One campaign.

Coppinger bagged the first league goal since Harry Forrester’s accidental opening day strike against Bury as Rovers side cruised past Fleetwood Town.

And as Rovers prepare for tonight’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy clash with Burton Albion, the veteran midfielder is confident things are beginning to drop into place.

“The frustrating part is that you can see the fans getting frustrated because over the last 11 or 12 years that I’ve been here, this club has gone from strength to strength,” said Coppinger.

“People have come and watched and seen us play in different ways and we’ve got promoted by playing football and have won the league by pure determination and doing the basics really well and at the minute we’re not doing either.

“After analysing the defeat at Port Vale, you can see against Fleetwood we were so organised and so disciplined in everything that we did.

“If you do that in this league then you’ve got a chance of being successful. We showed that when we got promoted and if we can do that this season and add more quality to the squad, which we have already, then you can be successful.”

Coppinger was understandably delighted to have netted his first goal of the season, but praised fellow goalscorer Curtis Main for also getting off the mark.

“It was good to get a goal and good to see Curtis get a goal too,” said Coppinger.

“It’s nice that the strikers are scoring and it’s good for the team.

“Going forward it’s something to build on because we haven’t cracked it by any stretch of the imagination.

“But it’s a stepping stone and we’re going in the right direction.

“There was a bit of pressure mounting within Doncaster because we’ve got ambitions to do well this season and Port Vale wasn’t acceptable, everybody knows that.

“I thought the cup game with Ipswich was a massive improvement and I thought against Fleetwood, considering the amount of games we’ve played and the amount of injuries in the squad, it was a magnificent performance.

“The lads worked so hard to get three points and it was well deserved.

“It was good to give the fans something to shout about – two goals, a clean sheet and three points – it send everyone home a bit happier and everyone goes away feeling good about themselves, including the players.

“It’s about being consistent now and putting in a good performance on Tuesday at home to Burton Albion and then Saturday at Gillingham and just keep going with it.”