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Flynn: It Was A Monumental Effort

27 April 2013

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Doncaster Rovers manager Brian Flynn was in jubilant mood after James Coppinger’s late strike secured the League One title in dramatic style.

“It was close wasn’t it,” said Flynn


“All credit to the lads it was a monumental effort. Brentford are a good side and really tested us but thankfully it came right in the end.


“When you concede a penalty in extra time you fear for the worst but thankfully it turned out brilliantly and young James [Coppinger] has got the goal that has taken us up to the Championship.


“I’m delighted for him to get the goal which secured it after all the service he has given the club.


“To be promoted is a big achievement but to go up as Champions, which is what the chairman wanted, is fantastic and thankfully we have given it to him.


“We have got to enjoy the moment, enjoy what has happened and build on it for next season which is the important thing and I’m sure we will.


“For me personally as a manager I’ve never managed in the Championship so it will be something I relish.”


Flynn admitted that when the penalty was awarded to Brentford he believed that Rovers were destined to be involved the play-offs.


“There’s one word that minute; crazy! That’s the way football is sometimes; the unexpected can happen and that certainly happened today.


“It was frantic and frenzied and played at a hundred miles an hour because of the occasion but we battled through and it came right at the end.


“When the penalty was awarded I just thought ’here comes the play-offs’ and then within a minute we are Champions! You can’t write them sort of headlines.


“Promotion is very big for the club, not just financially, but also in the way that it will raise the profile again after last season.


“There was a squad re-building job to be done, I think we only had six or seven contracted players, and that’s what we did and thankfully the recruitment policy was excellent. All credit to this league it has been really tight and came down to the last game here today.“

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