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Copps expects tough test

3 February 2017

Rovers captain James Coppinger reckons Morecambe will provide a tough test on Saturday despite their financial problems.

Players and staff at the Globe Arena have not been paid, but Coppinger – who has been through a similar experience himself – does not expect that to make life any easier for Rovers.

“I’ve been through a similar situation at Exeter, we had our wages paid late and it is obviously not a good situation to be in,” he said.

“It will not affect the players, it did not affect me when I was on the pitch because your focus is on the task in hand.

“They will make it tough for us when they come here as they know we have not lost in the league at home all season and they will want to end that.”

Coppinger recently signed a new deal with Rovers, extending his stay for at least another 18 months with Darren Ferguson’s side.

And the midfielder does not see himself playing anywhere else in the EFL when his time at the Keepmoat Stadium is finally over.

“I think for me it will be Doncaster till the end,” he said.

“I cannot see myself going anywhere else after here to be honest, I enjoy playing my football here and, when I do leave Doncaster, I would still like to play but more locally.

“The fans play a massive part in that, and I think that there is a feel good factor about the place.”

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