Andy Butler looking for more of the same for Doncaster Rovers at Blackpool

The message from Andy Butler over what he wants from his Doncaster Rovers side at Blackpool tonight is quite simple - more of the same.

Tuesday, 4th May 2021, 6:00 am
Andy Butler

Butler is keen for his squad to end the campaign on a positive note following their slide out of play-off contention over the last three months.

And after following up an impressive draw at promoted Peterborough United with a win at Rochdale, he believes Rovers can build momentum that will stand them in good stead heading into a summer rebuild, likely under a new manager.

“I want more of the same really,” he said.

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“I want us to finish the season with some positive performances and a positive collective performance that will show people we can still mix it with the best teams in the league.

“I want to finish on a high and generate some positive momentum for next season.

“Everyone is disappointed about not making the play-offs, I know the fans are, the staff are and the players are.

“With the squad we’ve had, we’ve done okay but there’s been a few performances where we’ve let ourselves down.”

Rovers could finish the season as high as eighth in the table, but having been in touching distance of top spot in the division just a few months ago, there will be disappointment felt even if they do pick up two wins from their last two matches.

A point for tonight’s hosts Blackpool will be enough for them to seal a play-off spot with one game left to play.

“Blackpool will be a tough side,” Butler said. “They’ve done really well at the back end of the season.

“They had a tough start but they’ve got a really good manager in there.

“They’re really well organised as they were when they came here.

“They’re in there at the moment but it’s a game they want to win to secure their place.

“Hopefully it’s not a basketball game like at Rochdale and it’s more composed where we pick off Blackpool in little pockets of space.

“You never know what games are going to come and they’ll be pushing with everything they’ve got, but so will we.

“Hopefully it’ll be an entertaining one, but it’ll be a bit of a tactical one as well I believe.”

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