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Coppinger's pride at fighting spirit

21 September 2017

James Coppinger was pleased with the fighting spirit which Rovers showed in the narrow defeat to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

Theo Walcott got the only goal of the game after 24 minutes, and Coppinger says Rovers were a clinical finish away from getting something from the match.

“When they scored early it would have been easy to fear the worst but we responded really well to going behind and changed the shape which suited us as we created more chances,” he said.

“We had three or four good opportunities which could have seen us go in all square at the break and then we came out in the second half and played with more confidence and belief.

“When you come to places like this you need to be clinical in front of goal as the chances are few and far between, they made mistakes but their pace got them out of danger.”

The Rovers captain is hoping the team can take the positives out of the performance against Arsenal, starting with a trip to Home Park to take on Plymouth Argyle in Sky Bet League One.

“It was a massive experience, for the younger players it’s the level they aspire to be at so it can act as a huge learning curve for everybody involved,” he added.

“The concentration levels were superb, we were well organised and showed great commitment so we’ll be looking to build on that against Plymouth.

“The way that football is we need to start winning games quickly, it’s a results based business so we want to start turning positive performances into three points.”

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