Club Captain says that Rovers could - and should - have won after a dramatic fightback.James Coppinger said that he expected Doncaster to defeat Gillingham on Saturday, even when Rovers were two nil down!
Coppinger and his teammates trailed to Rory Donnelly’s brace against the high flying Gills but rallied thanks to goals from Cameron Stewart and Andy Williams to earn a share of the spoils.
“I think we’ve proved that we can come back in games gone by, we’ve gone on and won games before,” said Coppinger.
“I honestly thought we were going to win the game at 2-0 down and it’s a great feeling as a player to have that.
“We’re disappointed, we just didn’t start the game well with conceding and then in the second half it was exactly the same. It’s frustrating because we played really well in spells and we’d worked on them all week and what we were going to do and it worked to an extent.
“At the end of the game we had two chances to win it!”
Coppinger, who celebrates his 35th birthday today, racked up his 477th Rovers appearance in the draw and the Captain hailed the influence of his adoring crowd.
“I think they (the fans) believed,” he said.
“When we were 2-0 down they got frustrated and that was understandable but they’ve been excellent – they were against Stoke when a Premier League team came and that’s expected – but when you’re playing Gillingham at home it’s a different sort of atmosphere.
“They’ve been brilliant, they started from scratch and have tried to build something and it’s a great place to be at the minute. As a player and as a supporter, it’s where you want to be and hopefully it will continue.”