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Determined: James Coppinger, pictured in action earlier this season against today's opponents, Swansea City, is looking for redemption in Wales.
Determined: James Coppinger, pictured in action earlier this season against today's opponents, Swansea City, is looking for redemption in Wales.
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A TRIP to the Liberty Stadium to take on high-flying Swansea City is a daunting prospect at the best of times - even more so when it is on the back of a club-record home defeat.

That is the test facing Doncaster Rovers today just five days after being on the end of 6-0 beating by Ipswich Town in midweek.

“It’s the last game we needed following the Ipswich defeat,” said Rovers’ star James Coppinger.

“But in a way we know what we have to do and I thought we did well against them at home - they needed a late goal to claim a 1-1 draw.

“They’ve got a similar footballing reputation to us, but they do it to the extreme. They’ve got a keeper who helps them play from the back and it’s pass, pass, pass.

“They give you opportunities but at the same time they make you work hard to get the ball back. But once you get it back you have to work even harder to keep hold of it, or have an out ball.

“But we are all aware of the situation we are in and I think that there has been quite a positive reaction from Tuesday’s game.

“We all came in on Wednesday, which is our normal day off, to talk about the game, and I think the gaffer hit the nail on the head.

“He said it’s so easy to lose 6-0 and after every goal that goes in to give in and let your head drop. But I thought that we kept going, and with the team we had, with no striker and the injuries we had, we can be pleased with that.

“We could probably have defended better, and been more organised, but I thought (at times) that we played as well as we’ve done in the last few games.

“Obviously we were all very disappointed after the game, but we are all positive people. We know where we are as a group and everyone sticks together.

“It’s easy for a squad of players to split into little groups and criticise other people and have a blame mentality.

“But fortunately for us we haven’t got that and hopefully come the end of the season it will have stood us in good stead and paid dividends.

“But we aren’t looking any further ahead than today’s game and we know that we are going to have to play well to get a result and all the injuries won’t help.

“They’ve got match-winners wherever you look in their team and with our squad being as thin as it is, we might have to do something a bit different.

“Everyone knows how we like to play, but you can only do what you can do with the capabilities of the team at the moment.”