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Copps delight at strike

15 March 2017

Rovers captain James Coppinger was pleased to get back on the scoresheet in the win over Notts County.

Coppinger scored his ninth league goal of the season to draw the game level just before the break and provided the assist for Mathieu Baudry’s thumping header which handed Rovers the lead early in the second period. 

He said: “I’ve been waiting for the ball to drop to me nicely for a while now, I got one on against Cheltenham that was cleared off the line.

“I haven’t done as well as I would have liked in the past few games, so I was delighted to get the goal and set up the second as well and get back to what I am usually. 

“Sometimes you just need that bit of realisation that somebody could be coming in and taking your place, I am 36 but I feel as good as I have ever felt and I thought it was important to step up, not just because 
I’m the captain but as a senior player.”

Despite conceding the first goal of the game, Coppinger always felt that Rovers could turn the game around and claim the three points. 

He added: “We also feel like we are still in the game despite going one down, no one panics, were a tight-nit group and we got stronger as the first half went on. 

“The desire comes from what we do day in day out, how hard we work off the pitch and the character that we have in the squad not just the starting XI."

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