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Butler pleased to get first win

3 March 2021

Andy Butler wants to continue to build a winning mentality with his squad after beating Portsmouth 2-1 in his first game in charge.

Goals from Reece James and Fejiri Okenabirhie fired Rovers to victory which ended a run of five games without a win in Sky Bet League One. 

Butler said: “I asked them to get on the front foot and get in their faces because the less they saw of the ball meant the less time they can be accurate with their direct passes – which is one of their biggest strengths. 

“I told the lads to express themselves in the final third and to excite me and the fans and they did that very well. 

“In the changing room the comradery we’ve got is incredible. The culture of a winning mentality is what I want to bring to the club, but when we win, we win together – it’s not just the 11 players on the pitch.” 

Butler handed Louis Jones his league debut in goal for Rovers, and feels his decision was jusified by the 22-year-old's performance.

He added: “After speaking to Paul Gerrard we felt it was the right time to give him a chance. We’re not making a big deal out of it but it’s a change we thought was right. 

"I thought Louis did very well and was unfortunate not to get a clean sheet. You can't blame him for their goal as it was scrappy and there isn't a lot he could've done. 

“I’ve picked a team and that team has performed for themselves, the staff and each other so I’m pleased with that win.” 

 

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