Andy Butler hails Doncaster Rovers' 'incredible shift' in Plymouth win

Andy Butler lauded his players for putting in ‘an incredible shift’ to ensure a continuation of the winning start he has made to life as Doncaster Rovers boss.

Saturday, 6th March 2021, 9:07 pm

Rovers beat Plymouth Argyle 2-1 to make it two wins from two since Butler took the reins.

Goals from Tom Anderson and Omar Bogle put them on their way to the triumph but it needed a dogged defensive effort to hold off the charge of Plymouth after they pulled a goal back through ex-Rovers loanee Niall Ennis.

“I think the word we’re looking for is entertaining,” Butler said after the game.

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“It is a good result for us and there were some really good performances out there.

“It got a bit nervy after we conceded the goal but we had chances as well to make it a little bit more comfortable.

“Overall, performance-wise, the players put in an incredible shift on and off the ball, and I’m really pleased.

“I’ve asked the players to be a front foot, pressing team. There are going to be occasions where it’s not possible all the time but at the same time, I’ve said to them to excite me in the final third.

“Let the catch off and excite me because people want to see entertaining football and hopefully people are getting that with the positive results.”

Anderson’s goal was his first of the season, and also a rare headed goal from a corner for Rovers as a whole. Butler was delighted on both accounts.

“I’m really pleased,” he said. “Paul Gerrard works hard on them.

“It’s all about the desire to get on the end of the cross and who better than the captain to lead by example and get his head on it.

“I spoke to Jon Taylor before the start of the game and he said Tom was going to score a goal for him. Let’s hope he says the same before every game.

“I’m really pleased for Tom. He leads by example and drags the team up.

“It’s pleasing to score from a set piece. We looked a threat a few times.”

“If you put a ball into an area we’ve got players that want to head the ball. The ball into the box has got to be good as well and we’ve been working on that.”

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