Doncaster Rovers: Agony to joy for McCombe

Jamie McCombe admits he was overcome with emotion after Brentford's penalty miss and James Coppinger's last gasp winner.

Jamie McCombe admits he was overcome with emotion after Brentford's penalty miss and James Coppinger's last gasp winner.

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No other Rovers player rode the emotional rollercoaster in those incredible final minutes at Griffin Park quite in the same manner as Jamie McCombe.

The towering centre half gave away the penalty which Marcello Trotta would ultimately miss, sparking the break up the pitch which saw James Coppinger seal the League One title.

“I think he gave the penalty for high feet,” McCombe said.

“I thought I got the ball but it was one of those things.

“I was just devastated, thinking about what I was going to say to the lads afterwards.

“Then bang, it hit the bar and we’ve broke up the pitch.

“I was in tears when I ran down to Copps after he’d scored. I don’t know why – I’d gone.

“I went from feeling so low and dejected to an absolutely amazing feeling.

“We’re in a really privileged position in football because there are not many jobs where you can get that feeling.”

McCombe insists that promotion was nothing more than he expected when he joined Rovers from Huddersfield Town last summer.

He said: “I wouldn’t have dropped down a league if I didn’t think I’d be quickly going back in the opposite direction.

“I was fortunate that when I left Bristol City for Huddersfield that I knew they would be pushing for promotion and that was the same when I came here.

“With the players that were already here and the manager in Dean Saunders, I knew we’d be right up there.”