What Andy Butler said about potentially changing formations at Doncaster Rovers

Andy Butler has not ruled out a change in formation as he looks to get Doncaster Rovers back on track.

By Liam Hoden
Monday, 29th March 2021, 6:00 am

Butler has so far stuck with the 4-2-3-1 system favoured by his predecessor Darren Moore and one he looked to implement as manager of the Belles.

But as he seeks to jolt Rovers back into form after five games without a victory, the 37-year-old insists all options are on the table - except abandoning his own footballing principles.

“It’s something we’ll look at and if we feel like we can exploit Charlton in certain positions, then I’m open to a formation change,” Butler said.

Andy Butler

“But at the same time I still stick to my own philosophy and style.”

Butler will have three days this week to prepare his players for Friday’s clash with Charlton Athletic and much of the focus will be on improving Rovers’ attacking play.

“It’s got to be the final third entries, making sure we know the positions and what to do in that area,” he said.

“The players have done that in previous games. At the moment we’re just finding it difficult to break teams down and that is something we’ll address.

“We’ve got nearly a week of preparation again.

“It’s fine margins again. We came away from the MK Dons game with a 1-0 defeat but it’s fine margins because we had chances to get shots on target.

“We’ll focus on that in training this week and speak to the individual units and see how we can improve him.”


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