Bucky’s Blog: New signings make us much stronger

Sam Johnstone
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I thought it was a good result against a strong MK Dons side on Saturday.

You can see why they are up there in the league, they are a good unit and they are also very brave in how they try and play it out from the back.

We had opportunities to win even though it was a tight game and I think the addition of Andy Butler made a big difference with organisation at the back.

Players like Cedric Evina looked better than in previous games and I think it was because Butler had a hold on the back four.

He hasn’t had a bad career and I think he’s a solid signing to come along and help us organise better as a unit.

I spoke to him after the weekend and he said he was happy but said there was more to come from him, but for me he’s done his job when it ends 0-0.

Him and Sam Johnstone are both very good signings.

This might sound harsh on Jed Steer but Johnstone is just a better keeper.

I’d throw him straight in at the weekend because he’s a fantastic player, and last time he came he made a big impact.

He didn’t come down here to sit on a bench or to watch, because he could have done that at a bigger club, he’s here to play games.

I’m disappointed James Coppinger has picked up a knock, because he’s a top, top player. With a bit of luck he won’t be out for long because he’s tremendous and he helps make a difference.

I’ve watched Bradford play this season a couple of times and I don’t think they’re outstanding, I think Donny are a better team on their day.

But again, I’ve said before that Rovers play better in big games and it’s a local derby which means anything can happen. But at least we saw a definite improvement at the weekend, now we need to press on and find a way to dig out a result.

With the FA Cup draw, it’ll be a good day out for the fans, but if you’re the manager it’s a bit of a no-win situation.

If you win it’s a case of ‘you’re expected to win’, but if you lose...

Hopefully that draw can get us a win and help get us going in the right direction again.