Crewe Alexandra v Doncaster Rovers: Early team news and press conference audio

Doncaster Rovers travel to Crewe Alexandra on Tuesday night looking for a third straight win under interim boss Andy Butler.

By Paul Goodwin
Monday, 8th March 2021, 8:00 am
Updated Monday, 8th March 2021, 11:02 pm
General view of the Gresty Road, home of Crewe Alexandra. Photo: Gareth Copley/Getty Images
General view of the Gresty Road, home of Crewe Alexandra. Photo: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Butler held his pre-match press conference on Monday lunchtime, reflecting on his dream start in the Doncaster dugout.

He also provided fitness updates on Fejiri Okenabirhie and Jon Taylor ahead of the trip to Gresty Road.

Scroll down for all the build-up, analysis, insight and more as Rovers look to build on back-to-back wins over Portsmouth and Plymouth Argyle.

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Andy Butler, pictured after the win over Plymouth.

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Last updated: Monday, 08 March, 2021, 16:48

And welcome to our live blog!

Matchday is once again on the horizon, with Rovers travelling to Crewe tomorrow evening (7pm).

Ahead of that game, we’re set to hear from boss Andy Butler today as he faces the press ahead of the League One clash.

We’ll have live updates of that right here - as well as all the big news from around the club.

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It could easily have been a week which derailed Doncaster Rovers’ hopes of achieving something remarkable this season.

Tuesday night fixtures

It’s fair to say it’s a BIG night of action in League One...

Crewe v Rovers

Ipswich v Lincoln

Peterborough v Hull City

Portsmouth v Sunderland

‘If he’s fit I want him to play'

Read Andy Butler’s thoughts on James Coppinger here. He was asked after the game on Saturday whether he thought Coppinger had been under-used this season...

Andy Butler's message over James Coppinger's game time with Doncaster Rovers

Andy Butler says it is a case of if he is fit, he plays when it comes to James Coppinger right now for Doncaster Rovers.

Can Rovers stay on track at Crewe?

Remember when people scoffed at the home defeat to Crewe in October?

The Railwaymen haven’t done bad this season, have they?

That’s an understatement. And they haven’t lost at home since November 10 either, winning six and drawing four on home soil since then.

That sequence of results includes wins over Peterborough, Accrington and Plymouth and a draw with Sunderland.

Andy Butler’s just provided an update on Fejiri Okenabirhie (foot) and Jon Taylor (ankle).

Okenabirhie has been passed fit for the game.

Taylor won’t feature. Butler is still awaiting feedback from a specialist.

Additions to backroom staff?

Butler: “We’re just taking it day by day. I’ve got some incredible staff around me who are all taking on extra roles and responsibilities. I’m not in any particular rush at the moment. I’m a hands-on coach and manager myself.”

In it for the long run?

Of course, it’s possible to read too much into these things...

But it was interesting to hear Butler talking about ‘having the right players in for next year’.

Asked again about the out of contract players, he went on to say: “You can never stop improving. Hopefully we’ll bring some players in and keep those that we still require.”

Butler: “It’ll be a tough challenge. I thought they were excellent at the Keepmoat, they kept the ball really well. They’ve had some good results this season. Obviously the result at the weekend (3-0 defeat at Lincoln) wasn’t great for them and they’ll be looking to bounce back from that.”

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