Doncaster Rovers: Coppinger sounds giantkiller warning as Rovers hit FA Cup trail

Blast from the past: James Coppinger, pictured in action for Rovers in 2005 on the night they dumped Manchester City out of the League Cup.

Blast from the past: James Coppinger, pictured in action for Rovers in 2005 on the night they dumped Manchester City out of the League Cup.

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James Coppinger knows exactly what Weston-super-Mare are thinking.

The Doncaster stalwart is the only survivor of Rovers’ League Cup giantkilling exploits of 2005.

Today the boot is well and truly on the other foot for the 33-year-old, as Rovers bid to avoid becoming headline casualties on FA Cup first round day.

And stand-in skipper Coppinger has warned his teammates to take their Conference South opposition lightly at their peril.

“There in this cup for a reason,” said Coppinger.

“They’ve obviously won a few games to get to this stage and they’ll be confident they can cause an upset.

“I’ve been on the other side of it when Manchester City, Aston Villa and Arsenal came to Belle Vue.

“When you’re the underdog you go into the game thinking you’ve got every chance, hoping the other team aren’t in the right mind-set.

“But I know, for one thing, we will be going there thinking ‘we’ve got a game on our hands’.

“We know what’s required to get through to the next round. We have to earn the right to win this game.”

Nathan Tyson (knee) is a major doubt for today. Youth team strikers Liam Mandeville and Jack McKay have been added to the squad.

Reece Wabara (ankle) missed training earlier in the week but should be fit.