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Butler hails Rovers' work-rate

12 February 2017

Andy Butler praised the effort and determination shown by Rovers in the goalless draw at Newport County AFC.

Butler was handed the captain’s armband at Rodney Parade in the absence of usual skipper James Coppinger, who was rested by manager Darren Ferguson.

The pitch in south Wales had come under some scrutiny in the build up to the game, but the Rovers defender believes they dealt with the task well. 

“All in all it’s a pleasing point, we knew it was going to be a tough challenge and we stepped up to that,” he said.

“I’ve played on worse pitches when I was younger but we knew what it was going to be like, they’re fighting for their lives to avoid relegation so fair play to them for sticking to their game plan.

“We’re a point closer to where we need to be as a football club; other teams towards the top end of the table have come here and lost this season.”

The draw with the Exiles meant that Rovers made it 10 league games unbeaten, a feat they had not achieved since 2007, and Butler says confidence is high within the group.

“You can see that everyone’s willing to fight for the cause.  We just need to keep on picking up points and extending the unbeaten run then eventually everything will fall in to place,” he added.

“There’s a belief that, as long as we prepare right every week, we won’t lose games. It’s enjoyable.

“It’s a big week coming up and we’re relishing the challenge, the games against Carlisle and Luton will be different in their own way but we’ll go in to try and win both.”

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