Doncaster Rovers: Wingman Coppinger is high on life at Rovers

James Coppinger
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James Coppinger might be one of the elder statesman in this Doncaster Rovers team.

But the 33-year-old - one of the most naturally fit players at the club - won’t take kindly to being rested for tonight’s Capital One Cup trip to Watford.

Doncaster Rovers' James Coppinger.

Doncaster Rovers' James Coppinger.

For stand-in skipper Coppinger, outstanding in the games against Preston and Colchester, is enjoying himself too much - form which has coincided with Paul Dickov’s switch to a 4-2-3-1 structure.

“It’s given myself and Kyle [Bennett] a bit more licence,” said Coppinger, following Saturday’s win in Essex.

“On a personal level, it’s probably the most I’ve enjoyed a match since Sean [O’Driscoll] left.

“It’s one of those positions you can get more involved going forward.

“You can get at defenders, get into space and get in between the lines.

“It’s the same for Kyle.

“If you look at the way Kyle’s playing at the moment, he looks like he’s enjoying his football - and that makes a massive difference in your performance.

“I think that’s shown in the last couple of games.

“It was a big win for us on Saturday, especially on the back of the Preston result,” he added.

“We put in a great performance in midweek and we wanted to go out there and do it again.

“We played really well and we got the result which is always a bonus.”

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“It’s one of those things where you go away and express yourself,” said Coppinger.

“But we want to pride ourselves on our home form as well.

“That’s something that we want to look at this season.

“On the back of the Preston result we have sort of fallen into a certain style of play.

“It’s worked for us in the last couple of games and hopefully we can develop it and look forward.

“We can work on a few things at Watford,” he added.

“It’s a game which we can go and express ourselves in.

“They’ve started well and I know a few of the players there - they’re in confident mood.

“But there’s no pressure on us and hopefully we can go there and get a result.”

Coppinger is unlikely to be rested this evening - and likely to continue as captain in the absence of Rob Jones.

“It’s an absolute pleasure for me to captain the club that I’ve been at for ten years,” he said.

“It’s a great honour.

“Obviously with Rob unavailable, the gaffer has asked me to take the role and that means a lot.

“It’s brilliant to take the team out. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while.”