Doncaster Rovers: Butler watches form not result

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First team coach Paul Butler reiterated how important it was for Doncaster Rovers players to show what they can do in any type of game whether it’s a reserve match or first team.

The club’s Development side hosted Hull City Reserves at the Keepmoat Stadium yesterday afternoon - a game which had first team boss Paul Dickov, Brian Horton and Butler all watching on from the sidelines.

Despite fielding a strong team which included the likes of Billy Paynter, Mark Duffy and Dave Syers, along with a start for YTS midfielder Lewis Ferguson, Rovers were beaten 4-0 by their visitors with two goals in either half.

However, Butler was keen to stress that the result was not as important as individual performances.

“Of course you’re going to be disappointed to lose, any footballer worth their salt would, but we were using the game as an opportunity to look at how certain players played and at certain positions,” he said. “These players will get so much out of the game despite the result. They were up against Premier League standard players so that will only help them in their development, particularly the younger players.

“For the first team players, it was a chance to get game time under their belts and also give us potential selection headaches.

“There’s no guarantees for first team and you can’t judge players on just one game, but it is important that as a player you put everything into each game you play.

“It’s about all of the players in the squad and taking your chance when you get it.”