John Buckley: Get off Andy Butler’s back and get behind him!

Andy Butler
Andy Butler

The people writing Andy Butler off should have a bit more respect.

Football fans always seem to want to pick on something but they should lay off the experienced defender.

The number of games he has played at a good level speaks volumes, so it’s a bit of a nonsense to suggest he’s not good enough for League One.

I’ve done some coaching with Andy and he’s a great lad - very modest - who gives his all for his hometown club.

He does the things other people don’t want to do and he puts his head in where it hurts. That’s why he’s still important to this team.

I watched him against Sheffield Wednesday and he cleared loads of stuff away.

He’s one of those players that when you’re winning games you probably don’t notice as much.

He might not be the quickest but he’ll have a big role to play especially with Mathieu Baudry out for a few weeks - so get off his back and get behind him!

Looking ahead to the game on Saturday, Gillingham at home is a great opportunity to get off to a solid start and get some confidence flowing.

If we can score first, I’m confident we can go on and win the game. Bradford in the cup will be much trickier.

Charity bets: Rovers to beat Gillingham and both teams to score

Bradford City 1 Rovers 1