VIDEO - Doncaster Rovers: Responsibility to improve is on the players insists Coppinger

James Coppinger
James Coppinger

James Coppinger says Rovers players must take responsibility for themselves as they look to alter the club’s recent fortunes.

Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Walsall left Rovers 21st in League One at the end of a week when Paul Dickov was dismissed as boss and replaced on a caretaker basis by Rob Jones.

Coppinger insists he and his team mates must work harder and identify those who may need help in getting Rovers moving up the table.

“I think we’ve got to take responsibility as players,” he said. “We’ve got to work harder day in, day out on the things that make a difference on a Saturday. I think that’ll be put in place this week.

“We’ve got to look and analyse what we are doing and improve it. There’s no other way of doing it than that.

“As individuals you’ve got to take responsibility, as a team we’ve got to look at it and pick people out if they need picking out. Not in a negative way, but a positive way to improve people.

“We’re in a situation where it can only get better. With Rob in charge, it looks positive.”

Coppinger felt plenty of positives could be taken from the performance at Walsall.

He said: “We’re frustrated. “For a long part of that game we did really well. We came with a game plan and it worked for long parts.

“We were frustrated to concede the two goals that we did but we move on.”

“We came here to plug gaps and frustrate them.

“Their two full backs were on yellow cards in the first half. Cameron Stewart was a threat down the left.

“We could have scored first half which would have changed the game.

“I think it was the same last weekend at Gillingham. Their keeper got man of the match.

“We’ve come away to two tough places and put in two good performances.

“We could probably be a bit better on the ball. We made some poor decisions late on which invites pressure.

“On the whole we’ve got a lot of positives to take from the two games and look forward.”