Doncaster Rovers: We belong in second tier

Right direction: David Cotterill feels Rovers will get back to where they belong. Picture: Steve Parkin.
Right direction: David Cotterill feels Rovers will get back to where they belong. Picture: Steve Parkin.

The Championship is the rightful place for Doncaster Rovers, according to David Cotterill.

And the confident Welsh winger believes the second tier is also where he belongs.

Cotterill drew comparisons between his own situation and that of Rovers – both forced to drop down a division and regroup.

Now Rovers have taken the driving seat in the race for the second tier, Cotterill believes he and the club will get back to where they belong.

“Doncaster were in the Championship for four years before they got relegated so obviously they want to be back there,” the 25-year-old said.

“It’s the same place where I need to be.

“We’re in the same situation where we’ve dropped down a level and we’re desperate to be back where we belong next season.”

Cotterill admits his once highly-promising career stalled after his £600,000 switch to Swansea City from Sheffield United.

But he is pleased to have got back on track since his free move to Rovers last summer, playing a direct role in exactly half the side’s goals so far this season.

Cotterill said: “Things definitely stalled for me.

“I had probably one or two years where I wasn’t playing regular football.

“This year, I’ve got a lot of playing time which is important because as a footballer you want to be playing games, you take a lot of confidence from that.

“Thankfully I’ve managed to contribute to the team as well.”

Cotterill labelled the 1-0 win over Swindon as Rovers’ best performance of the season.

And he is confident promotion will be sealed if the standard can be maintained over the final five games.

He said: “If the scoreline had been three or four to us I don’t think it would have been unfair.

“We were way by far the best on the day and I think that was the best we played all season.

“If we play like we did against Swindon we should have no problems.

“It was a huge performance, particular after the defeat at Coventry which left a few of the lads on a downer.

“It was great to respond with that.

“It’s going to take a lot of hard work over the next five games and we can’t take teams for granted because you can get burned very easily.

“We just need to concentrate on what we’re doing because it’s in our hands.