James Coppinger: Rovers must be more like the class of 2013

James Coppinger. Picture: Steve Uttley.

James Coppinger. Picture: Steve Uttley.

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James Coppinger has called on his teammates to take a leaf out of Doncaster Rovers’ class of 2013’s League One textbook.

The stand-in skipper admits he and his colleagues have been left frustrated by their up and down form.

Rovers head to League One new boys Fleetwood Town tomorrow hoping to record three straight wins for the first time this season.

And Coppinger says the current squad must follow the lead of the Rovers of two seasons ago and learn how to grind out results.

“The biggest thing at this level is doing the basics right,” said Coppinger.

“The year we got promoted [2013] everybody did the basics right.

“We went into games not playing not really that well football-wise, but we were grinding out results because we were doing things fans probably don’t see.

“We’ve got to understand if we do those sorts of things, we’ve got the players within the team that can win us games.”

Rovers head to Fleetwood on the back of wins over Scunthorpe United and Burton Albion.

But those two victories can’t mask an overriding frustration at Doncaster’s hit and miss start.

“There’s been a bit of frustration around at the way we’ve started the season,” admitted Coppinger.

“Everybody always has the ideal season in their mind and you want to get off to a good start.

“Realistically we’ve made a lot of cuts from the budget, we’ve brought certain players in and a lot of players have gone.

“It’s about making the best of what we’ve got, and that’s what we’re trying to do.

“We’re ten games in and we’ve had some great performances and we’ve had some not so good performances. The challenge now is to create that consistency.”