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Cotterill: In It Together

21 December 2012

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Midfielder David Cotterill spoke to Rovers Player ahead of this weekend’s game against MK Dons

Cotterill is looking to get straight back to action after having to miss most of the last match against Coventry City.

“I was ill on Friday but managed to come in on Saturday to see the manager and physio to see if I can play,” said Cotterill

“I wasn’t really well but I thought I would give it a go and try and help the team if I could; I only lasted about 20 minutes and had to be taken off. The result didn’t go our way either hopefully we can pick ourselves up this weekend.

“We didn’t really have a good week of preparation ahead of the game. We couldn’t train down here [Cantley Park] because the pitch was frozen so we had to go and train at the stadium on the 3G pitches. Hopefully we can put that game behind us because as we have said before the back four and keeper have been brilliant so far this season.”

Cotterill has recaptured the form that saw him earn International honours earlier in his career, and when asked about his Wales aspirations he admitted that promotion for the team was his main target for the season with anything extra being a bonus.  

“The main priority is that we get promoted, and then I would be able to say I have got what I wanted from the move to Doncaster. Obviously I need to do well on a personal level but my main priority is that the team is doing well. 

“My main focus is on Doncaster doing well anything on top of that is a bonus. It’s probably going to be tough for me to get an International call-up with the amount players playing in the Premier League and Championship who are playing for Wales - we will just have to wait and see but my main priority is doing well for Doncaster.

“The main priority is the club and the team, we’re all in it together and we know that no one is going to get us promotion individually so we all have to keep together – there’s a great set of lads here who want to do well for each other.”

Although he is expecting a tough game, Cotterill is expecting Rovers quality show through. 

“We just watched a DVD on them [MK Dons], and I have seen them couple of time before so I know that they like to play the right way and pass the ball. They’ve got a good set of players who have 
been together for a number of years now so I expect it will be a tough game. 

“They’re going to have a lot of possession of the ball, that’s their way of playing, so we’re going to have to make sure that our quality shines through when we get the ball.

“The supporters spend a lot of money week in week out to come and watch us play so hopefully we can do well over the Christmas period. We want to get a few more supporters to come and support us at home, which will obviously help us repay them by picking up points.”  

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