James Coppinger said it was amazing to score late winner to promote Doncaster
James Coppinger has spoken of the 'amazing' moment when he netted the last-gasp winner to secure Doncaster's promotion.
Last Updated: 28/04/13 2:41pm
It looked like Rovers would have to take their place in the play-offs when Brentford were awarded a penalty in the dying seconds of Saturday's clash at Griffin Park.
But on-loan Fulham striker Marcello Trotta blasted the spot-kick against the crossbar and Doncaster striker Billy Paynter raced away on the break and squared for Coppinger to tap-in to seal Rovers' promotion back to the Championship at the first time of asking.
Coppinger told Sky Sports News: "Obviously when he gave the penalty you think 'you've worked hard for 94 minutes and we're going to be in the play-offs', two more, possibly three more weeks of training.
"And then all of a sudden he's hit the bar, it's broke to Billy and I've sort of thought 'I've got a chance of scoring here', ran the full length of the pitch and luckily for me it's fell to me and I've tapped it in.
"I didn't realise we were champions until the fans started singing 'championes', so yes it was amazing."
After a great night out celebrating with the fans in Doncaster, Coppinger is under no illusions that life in the Championship will be tough next season.
Brian Flynn took over as manager when Dean Saunders left to go to Wolves during the campaign and chairman John Ryan says the club will look to extend his contract.
Coppinger added: "The situation when Dean left was that the chairman wanted to steady the ship and keep the continuity going with the players and didn't really want to change it and I thought that was the best decision.
"I mean we've got a lot of senior pros at the club that have taken responsibility - Rob Jones (appointed to a player/coach role) has done a magnificent job behind the scenes, not just on the pitch, with Brian Flynn.
"It's a massive step for the club and for Brian and for the players really. I mean the Championship's a hard division and we'll wait to see what John decides to do."