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Coppinger: I visualised that moment

21 February 2021

An emotional James Coppinger says he visualised his goal against Hull City while laid in bed the night before the game.

The Rovers legend curled a brilliant free-kick into the top corner in the 102nd minute to secure a 3-3 draw at the Keepmoat Stadium. 

He said: “I saw that exact moment the night before the game while I was laid in bed visualising how the day would go. 

“I’ve had a lot of moments like that and I enjoy the pressure in big games, I knew there would be an opportunity for me. 

“It’s right up there for me, it wasn’t the winner and there wasn’t fans in the stadium but it was a brilliant occasion.” 

Wearing the kit he designed and the boots bought for him by his teammates, Coppinger felt it was a fitting way to cap his 799th senior career appearance. 

He added: “I didn’t want it to be all about me, the most important part was getting a result and performance which we got in the end. 

“Playing 800 games, playing until I’m 40 and scoring that goal did make me get a bit emotional in the dressing room, because I know it can’t last forever. 

“For a lot of the lads to tell me how happy they were for me to score means a lot and shows the group we have.” 

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