Doncaster Rovers heading into the unknown with Charlton Athletic test

Predicting exactly what sort of test Charlton Athletic will provide for Doncaster Rovers is going to be a difficult task according to Andy Butler.

Thursday, 1st April 2021, 12:00 pm

But he knows there will be plenty of positivity on show from Nigel Adkins’ side in front of the TV cameras.

Charlton have played only one fixture since Adkins took the reins, replacing Lee Bowyer who left for Birmingham City.

So there will be an element of the unknown for Rovers in the first of their Easter double-header, with a trip to Bristol Rovers to come on Monday.

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Charlton Athletic boss Nigel Adkins

“It’s a strange one because Nigel has taken over and they didn’t have a game last weekend,” he said.

“It’s difficult to say what formation they will play and how they will go about things.

“Knowing Nigel, he’s a very positive person and he will try to instil that mentality into his players.

“He’s had a very good managerial career and he sticks to his principles.

“We’ll do our homework on Charlton.

“It’ll be a tough game but it’s one I’m looking forward to.

“I think we can really put a marker down, especially in front of the Sky cameras as well.”

Adkins was the club physio during Butler’s first spell at Scunthorpe United before taking on the manager’s job with great success.

Butler said: “It’s another game I’m looking forward to a lot, against an old physio of mine Nigel.

“I’ve spoken to Nigel a lot.

“He’s a calm character who I’ve learned a lot from. He’s a positive manager and he’s done really well over his career.

“If I can emulate that I will be more than happy.”


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