Doncaster Rovers: Home woes not a psychological issue - Coppinger

James Coppinger during the home defeat against  Oldham
James Coppinger during the home defeat against Oldham

James Coppinger says Doncaster Rovers’ poor home form is a tactical matter that management and players are tackling head on - and not a psychological issue.

Rovers are without a home win this season and have not won at the Keepmoat Stadium in seven attempts, a run stretching back till March.

Doncaster have had their problems at home in the past too; notably, they lost eight times on their own patch during the 2012/13 League One title season.

But Coppinger insists the squad have identified the problem and are busy working on a solution.

“I definitely don’t think it’s anything psychological,” said Coppinger.

“It’s more a tactics thing and the way teams are setting up against us at the Keepmoat.

“That’s what we’ve put it down to, and we’re working on ways to combat that.

“Sometimes that’s just the way it is in football.

“The season we got promoted we were one of the best away teams in the country, and we’ve clicked away from home again this season.

“Now we’ve got to do the same at home.”

He added: “I think teams come to the Keepmoat and they enjoy playing there because it’s a nice ground and a lovely pitch.

“Teams come here and make it difficult. The onus is on us to win the game and it can be hard to break teams down.

“Away from home we get more space and we can play between the lines.

“We’ve been ruthless on the break, as we were at Colchester and Watford. We could have scored three or four in those games.

“It’s something we’ve been looking at and working on since the Oldham game.

“We’re trying to move the ball quicker, and transfer the ball quicker from one side of the pitch to another.”

Reflecting on Rovers’ start to the season in general, Coppinger said: “Obviously we’ve played seven games, won four, drawn one and lost two - so that’s a decent start.

“But the two we lost, with respect to the teams we lost against, were games we were hopeful of winning.

“So it’s been a little bit frustrating in that sense, although we’ve put some good performances in and our away form has been really good.”