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Butler: We have to go and express ourselves

16 May 2019

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Andy Butler says Rovers will go out to show what they are made of when they face Charlton Athletic on Friday evening in the Sky Bet League One play-offs.

Rovers head to the capital looking to overturn a 2-1 deficit at The Valley, with Matty Blair’s late goal in the first leg keeping them in the tie, and Butler believes they can take heart from the second half showing back at the Keepmoat Stadium last Sunday.

“It was a tough game back at our place, but the late goal really does change things for us, at two goals down it can be a mountain to climb, but we really showed what we could do with the second half performance and we’ll be looking to draw on that,” he said.

“People say that it’s half-time, if we hold anything back then it’s too late, we go there full of confidence and we want to go out and put on a good show, we’ve seen so many comebacks over the last week and you can’t write anyone off, especially us.

“We made them back off and forced them into a different shape, we just have to keep going until the final whistle and not stop until it goes, it’s a different game now and we have to go down there and express ourselves.”

Should Rovers overturn their one-goal deficit to the Addicks, they will then face the winners of the Portsmouth-Sunderland game next Sunday at Wembley Stadium, and Butler says the belief is high in the camp ahead of the second leg.

“People will always have opinions on you as a team, but together, we know what we can do and we know what we’re capable of, we know where we’re going, we just have to prove them all wrong, we have so much belief in this squad,” he added.

“We’re one game away from Wembley, and potentially two away from the Championship, people will see us as underdogs again, if you want to play that role then play it, but we’ve finished in sixth place on merit this season.

“We know that we have to win the game, we’re a very attacking team and we’ll approach it just like we have done any other, we’re not going to sit back and absorb the pressure, we’ll be straight at it from the start to try and get in that final.”

Tickets for Friday’s game are available from the Club Doncaster Box Office. Secure your place at The Valley now by calling 01302 762576 or going to tickets.clubdoncaster.co.uk

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