Doncaster Rovers: We don’t fear anyone - Copps

Doncaster Rovers' James Coppinger on the attack against Blackburn Rovers.
Doncaster Rovers' James Coppinger on the attack against Blackburn Rovers.

Rovers are playing with no fear as they prepare to renew hostilities with Leeds United this evening, says James Coppinger.

Leeds have won the last four meetings between the sides, including a 2-1 victory for the Whites at the same second round stage of the Capital One Cup two years ago.

But Doncaster - whose last win against United was at Wembley in the League One play-off final in 2008 - go into tonight’s derby still riding on the crest of a promotion wave.

And Coppinger says Leeds will come up against a group of players currently revelling in their ‘no fear’ approach.

“We’ve got a massive belief among all of the players at the moment,” said Coppinger.

“Coming off the back of a title-winning season we’ve added a few players and they’ve settled in really well. We’re going into games with no fear and taking the game to the opposition.”

Coppinger himself has started all four of Rovers’ games this season - and says he feels suited to Paul Dickov’s style of play.

“It’s good,” he said. “We’ve got a bit of freedom but we’re well organised too, which you need to be in the Championship. We’re scoring goals and creating opportunities which is what you want.

“I think the way we’re playing is getting the best out of me,” he added. “The formations we’ve played so far have given me a role where I can do what I do best. It suits my attributes of trying to create goals but also being organised at the same time.”

The last time these two sides met, in February 2012, police had to step in to break up a brawl in the tunnel after Leeds came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 in a feisty clash at Elland Road.

Both clubs were fined by the FA as a result of the fracas.

Doncaster have not beaten Leeds in their last five attempts.

Games between these sides have a habit of producing goals. The last four meetings have seen no fewer than 18 goals.