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Butler: we have to be more ruthless

25 April 2021

Andy Butler has challenged his side to be more ruthless at both ends of the pitch after defeat against Fleetwood Town.

The boss feels that his players are not replicating the quality he is seeing from them in training.  

Butler said: “We have tried different things but what you see on the pitch is not a true reflection of what I see on the training pitch.  

“You want your team to go out there and look a threat and if you look at this team you would expect them to be a threatening side and score goals.  

“When we got into the final third, we never finished with the end product, whether that is the final pass or decision. First half we kept the ball but never threatened and in the second half we did not get the clinical edge to us in defence or attack and that is why we struggled.” 

Butler felt it was an uphill battle after his team went a goal down following Barrie McKay’s second half strike. 

Butler added: “I am saying this a lot, but I am frustrated and disappointed. One mistake leads to a goal then you are fighting an uphill battle.  

“We kept the ball in the first half but once they got their goal in the second half, they professionally saw the game out. We lost too many battles. 

“We are not scoring or creating enough goals. The information is given but we are not applying it on the pitch, and we are not doing the basics right." 

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