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Butler gives post-match reaction

11 April 2021

Andy Butler gave his reaction to the media after Rovers were beaten 4-1 by Wigan Athletic at the Keepmoat Stadium in Sky Bet League One.

On his side’s poor start to the game

“If I’m being honest the start of the game was a bit embarrassing, I think we all have to look at ourselves and question why they wanted it more than us. I don’t think any player could go home and be pleased with their performance.

“We’ve given ourselves a mountain to climb too often in recent weeks and it’s mostly from balls into the box that we should be clearing.

“I had to make a change to try and improve things, it could have been all five changes made at once but the two we did make got us the goal.

“The stats show that when we concede first we struggle to win games so we need to have a long hard look at why we don’t get a reaction.”

On his and his staff’s hard work in trying to turn the current form around

“The staff here have been brilliant for as long as I’ve been here and you can give the players all the information they need, but you can’t cross that white line for them.

“I said to the players at half-time that there were only two voices I could hear on the pitch, one was Tom Anderson’s, and the other was Paul Gerrard’s. They had a team full of talkers and we didn’t have enough.

“I made a career out of my organisation rather than my individual ability, and every successful team needs a lot of communication.”

On preparing for the game against Burton Albion on Tuesday night

“First and foremost I want a performance from them that means something, in any walk of life if someone questions your desire to do your job then that should hurt.

“I keep saying that we have to stick together but that has to start from individuals and then come together as a team.”

On the players that weren’t involved in the squad and those that came off during the game 

Copps opened his knee up a little bit in training, he tried to do a fitness test before the game but there was still some swelling there, we’ll look at him and hopefully he’ll be ready for Tuesday.

“Brad (Halliday) has done a bit of work for the chiropractor so the game came a bit too soon for him while we wait for his back to settle down.

“Reece James got hit in the face by the ball and felt a bit groggy after that so we felt it was the right thing to do to take him off, and Matt Smith just needed a rest after being away on international duty and playing a lot for us recently.

“Tyreece (John-Jules) is back with us next week, and we’ll look to get a full week of training under his belt before he’s in contention.”


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