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Butler praises professional performance

8 November 2020

Stand-in manager Andy Butler praised Rovers’ professional performance as they eased past seventh tier FC United of Manchester to be in the hat for the Emirates FA Cup second round.

An early goal from Fejiri Okenabirhie set the tone and goals from Ben Whiteman, Josh Sims and James Coppinger had all but put the game to bed by half-time. Another goal from Sims just after the break meant it was a comfortable evening but the score-line was perhaps a little flattering as Rovers proved clinical.

“I thought FC United of Manchester were a well organised side. They played a good style of football – they play in what I believe is the right way and I was really impressed with them,” said Butler.

“We put in a professional performance. The players did exactly what the gaffer, Jamie Smith and myself asked them to do so I’m pleased.

“Obviously towards the end of the second half there were aspects we could have done better and we’ll look at that but overall it was a pleasing performance.”

It was a whirlwind 48 hours for Butler who had just finished taking part in Thursday’s virtual Fit Rovers session when he got the call that he would be taking charge of Rovers FA Cup match.

“Who’d have thought a boy from Balby would manage a team like Doncaster Rovers? Very proud and really pleased,” he added.

“The Gaffer named the side and the bench and gave me a bit of advice and then it was free reign from there. All the subs were Nick and my decision and they just said go and enjoy yourself so we did.

“The backroom staff, everyone around and the players have all been really helpful but I relish these opportunities and I’m really thankful that the club and the gaffer have trusted me to take this on.”


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