'He's given me something to think about' - Doncaster Rovers boss on Branden Horton's impressive debut

Andy Butler admitted he was close to handing a start to academy graduate Branden Horton in Doncaster Rovers’ clash with Oxford United in midweek.

Thursday, 18th March 2021, 12:48 pm

The 20-year-old impressed after coming off the bench for his league debut on Tuesday night and Butler said his performance gave him food for thought for Saturday’s trip to Gillingham.

The Rovers boss handed a starting berth at left back to Danny Amos at Oxford but said he was close to giving Horton the opportunity.

“It was playing on my mind to start him but I thought with the game I’d ease him into it,” Butler said.

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Branden Horton made his league debut for Rovers against Oxford United. Picture: Howard Roe/AHPIX

“I thought he flourished in the role and I look at him as someone who can make a career here.

“He made his debut and I thought he was excellent.

“He changed the dynamic of the game, he was an attacking threat and I thought he defended really well.

“Branden is coming through and challenging for that left back slot.

“He’s been involved on the bench a couple of times since I’ve taken over and watching him in the reserve games, I thought he deserved a little opportunity.

“I wasn’t sure whether he was ready to start and that’s why I went with Danny Amos but I think Branden has given me a difficult choice for Saturday.

“I thought he applied himself excellently and he’s level-headed.”

Rovers are well stocked at left back with Horton, Reece James and Amos all recognised in the position while Cameron John played regularly in the role under previous boss Darren Moore.

Horton is also able to play at centre half.


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