Rovers ‘are out of luck’

Plea: James Coppinger is urging fans to back the club in the next two home games.  Picture: Steve uttley
Plea: James Coppinger is urging fans to back the club in the next two home games. Picture: Steve uttley

DONCASTER Rovers’ star James Coppinger says the team need the sort of luck that Reading enjoyed in their game at the Madejski Stadium at the weekend to start to turn their season around.

“Reading got a scrappy first goal and that helped them turn the game and go and win 2-0,” said Coppinger. “They’d been struggling like we are and you need that bit of luck when you are in the position that we were both in.

“We need a win and if we can get that first three points then we can build on that. It would give us a platform and help boost our confidence and I don’t think that many people are playing with confidence at the minute.

“People were dejected after Saturday’s game. It was probably the worst we’ve felt after a game this season. We felt that it was another opportunity missed.

“We’ve had a lot of bad luck this season but you make your own luck and we’ll be looking to do that in Saturday’s home game against Crystal Palace and the following Tuesday against Hull City.

“But the longer the run goes on the harder it becomes.

“You miss Billy Sharp, not just for his goals, but for his personality. He’s an infectious character and he’s a winner so obviously you are going to miss somebody like that.

“But you’ve got to put that aside and accept that players are going to be out injured at various times of the season.

“We’ve still got players in the team who can score goals, particularly Hayts (James Hayter), but it’s not working for us at the minute and we are going to have to change something.

“It was a massive boost having Ryan Mason resume full training yesterday. He ended last season, and started this season, on fire and it was disappointing to see him stretchered off in the second game of the season with damaged ankle ligaments.

“He’s a fit lad so hopefully it won’t be too long before he’s back.

“Obviously it’s very important that the supporters get behind us in the next two games. Like ourselves, I’m sure that they are disappointed by the results to date, but I think in general the fans have been different class.

“They haven’t got on the back of either the manager or the players and that’s what you want when things aren’t going well.”