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Butler: we will show a response

27 February 2019

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Andy Butler says Rovers will be looking to bounce back immediately following defeat on the road at Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday night.

The Shrews scored twice in the first half to put the game beyond Rovers, though the introduction of James Coppinger at the break threatened to swing things in the visitors’ favour, but Butler says Rovers won’t be dwelling too much on their missed chance.

“We had so many chances that were blocked on the line in the second half, and we’ve missed some very good chances of our own too when we probably should score, we’ve been clinical all season it just didn’t fall for us here,” he said.

“I thought we showed a bit of resilience after the break though, showed a bit of character and then when Copps came on I think he changed the game really for us, and on another day with the amount of chances we created, we score a lot of goals.

“We aren’t going to dwell on this result, just like we haven’t when other results haven’t gone our way, we’ve got a big game now on Saturday against one of our promotion rivals in Charlton, and there’s still 13 games to go so there’s a lot still to play for.”

Butler made his return to the side mid-way through the first half following an injury to Tom Anderson, finding opportunities limited since Paul Downing’s arrival on loan, though after a solid showing on his return to the fold, the defender is determined to stay in the side.

“You have to be ready to come on no matter what the situation, I’ve kept myself fit over the past few weeks, and when called upon I’ve been ready to get involved, it wasn’t the way I maybe wanted to come in what with the injury, but that’s the way football is,” he added.

“It’s been a bit of frustrating time for me being out of the side for a short while, anyone who knows me knows how much I love playing football, but even though you’re not involved, you still have to be behind the ones that are playing and be ready when your chance comes.

“I’ve got good people around me that have helped me through it, I don’t like being on the bench of course, but Paul and Tom have been in great form over the past few weeks and as long as the team is doing well that’s all that matters, but hopefully I’ve done enough to stay in the side.”

 Rovers return to the Keepmoat Stadium to take on Charlton Athletic on Saturday March 2, with tickets available now from tickets.clubdoncaster.co.uk.


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