Morecambe 1 Doncaster Rovers 5: Coppinger celebrates in style

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Doncaster Rovers thrashed Morecambe 5-1 today in League Two to celebrate James Coppinger’s milestone in triumph.

Midfielder Coppingermarked his his 500th appearance for the South Yorkshire club with a goal.

Andy Butler stabbed in an early opener for Rovers and John Marquis doubled their advantage with a scrambled close-range finish.

Morecambe pulled a goal back in the closing stages of the first half with a stunning volley from Cole Stockton, but Marquis’ second restored Doncaster’s two-goal cushion.

Matty Blair’s fine run and finish made it 4-1 and Coppinger added a fifth on his 500th appearance for the club.

Alex Whitmore was sent off late on to compound Morecambe’s misery.

Boss Darren Ferguson said: “It was the best performance of the season so far without a doubt. We were ruthless and we could have scored seven or eight to be honest.

“It was a big day for James and I thought he was excellent but there were fine performances all over the field and to have won by such a margin was really pleasing.

“I think it has been coming and I wasn’t surprised because we have been playing well and creating lots of chances without putting the ball in the back of the net.

“Last week at Crewe I thought we played really well but lost because we weren’t sharp enough in the final third.

“We have worked hard in training all week to improve in that area of the field and you could see that today and I enjoyed watching it.

“I thought some of our football was fantastic and it was probably the most comfortable I have felt as manager of Doncaster. We were a constant threat and I was really pleased with the way we played.”

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