Club Captain says fans will appreciate hard graft and get behind Rob Jones and the team.James Coppinger has suggested that he and his teammates need to take greater responsibility when Rovers return home to face managerless Oldham Athletic at Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday.
Coppinger was speaking after losing 2-0 at Walsall – the first game under interim head coach Rob Jones.
“We’ve got to take responsibility as players, we’ve got to work harder day in day out doing things which will makes a difference on a Saturday and I think that will be put in place this week,” he said.
“We’ve got to look and analyse what we’re doing on a Saturday and improve it! There’s no other way to do it.
“As individuals you’ve got to take responsibility as a team and pick people out if they need it – not in a negative way but in a positive way to improve people. We’re in a situation where it can only get better. With Rob in charge, it looked positive.”
Club Captain Coppinger lent his support to Jones – a person and player whom he knows well – and expects the same from the Rovers faithful.
“The gaffer will be looking at going through the (Walsall) video and where we can improve and having a good go on Saturday because they’ll be right behind Rob I think,” said Coppinger.
“Travelling in with him and knowing him really well, playing with him, he’s a leader who couldn’t be more prepared for this scenario.
“He’s put a lot of work since he played a part in us winning the league and people don’t realise what part he played in that as a manager.
“He’s a fantastic man-manager and he’s a fantastic people person. Doing his A-licence and going away and working hard, doing the under 21’s will put him in good stead and I wish him all the best and all the lads are behind him.”
Rovers face Oldham Athletic at Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday 19th September 2015 (3pm). Tickets are available by CLICKING HERE or calling 01302 762576.