'That's more like it' - Andy Butler's delight as Doncaster Rovers return to winning ways against Shrewsbury Town
Andy Butler declared ‘that is more like it’ after his Doncaster Rovers side returned to winning ways with a 2-0 triumph at Shrewsbury Town.
But the Rovers boss - who played himself at centre half in the win - insists no one will be getting carried away that his side have turned a corner.
Goals from Fejiri Okenabirhie and Taylor Richards capped a positive performance from Rovers that saw them end a nine game run without victory.
And Butler was delighted with the result, that leaves Rovers five points off the play-offs with a game in hand.
“That’s more like us, isn’t it!” he said.
“It’s obviously very pleasing and the players put in an incredible shift and workrate.
“That is what has been missing from the last few games.
“You go into the dressing room and look at smiling faces. I just said to them ‘why don’t we do that every week.’
“Work hard and you get performances. And then performances equal results.
“Everyone is happy and it’s nice to actually smile after a game.
“The players have to apply themselves. You give them all the information but what I’ve been saying to them over the last few weeks is that they’ve just got to apply themselves.
“If you don’t, you won’t get results and teams have out-worked us in recent weeks.
“We won’t be getting carried away with one result. It’s pleasing but there’s still a lot of work to do.”
When it came to the issue of the play-off push, Butler insisted he at least had never given up hope of a surge back into the top six.
“Why not?” he said. “I’ve never given up. I’ve said that all along.
“We’ve got six games left now and we’ve put ourselves in a fantastic position. I’ve said every week that we’re in a fantastic position and we’ve just not capitalised on it.
“Now we have Accrington on Tuesday which is another tough game. We prepare for that one and see where it takes us.
“We’ll not get carried away. It’s one result but it uts us in a good position with a game in hand. I think we’re five points off the play-ofs.
“I’m not giving up.”