James Coppinger confident Doncaster Rovers can eradicate poor home form

James Coppinger
James Coppinger

James Coppinger says last season’s poor home form was down to a combination of factors but is convinced the club can put it right next term.

Rovers were this week handed the perfect opportunity to get off to a flyer at the Keepmoat Stadium with two home games to start the 2015/16 campaign.

Newly-promoted Bury are the visitors on the opening day of the new League One season before Leeds United visit in the first round of the Capital One Cup.

Rovers also host Southend and Fleetwood in August.

Coppinger is confident Rovers can eradicate the problems which led to them winning just seven times at home in the league last season - but says the players must also make alterations to their mindsets.

“I think it was a combination of a lot of things, I don’t think it was just one thing,” said Coppinger, when quizzed about Rovers’ home form.

“Again it’s mindset thing as a player, and how you approach it.

“We went to places like Sheffield United and Preston, certain grounds where you know that the atmosphere is different, and performed well.

“But we have to have that mindset for every game, we have to be better at home.

“The longer you leave your home form to get off and running, the harder it is because people are on your backs saying ‘we can’t do this at home, we can’t do that at home’.

“Last season was one of them. We had chances, opportunities in games where you think how have we not scored?

“So I think it was a combination of a lot of things which I think the manager and the people in charge of the football club are aware of and want to eradicate.”