Opposition view: Butler 'disappointed' after Cobblers 'stifle' Doncaster in stalemate

Rovers' promotion challenge suffers a setback

Saturday, 13th March 2021, 7:16 pm
Andy Butler.

Doncaster Rovers manager Andy Butler believes his side are 'so much better' than what they produced during Saturday's 'disappointing' goalless draw against Northampton

Promotion-chasing Donny were easily blunted by the struggling Cobblers in a dour stalemate at the Keepmoat.

Cameron John went closest for the home side, denied by Jonathan Mitchell, while Shaun McWilliams and Ryan Watson both had chances at the other end.

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“I didn't think we played with any sort of urgency or tempo,” said Butler, who's in interim charge of Rovers following Darren Moore's departure to Sheffield Wednesday.

“Northampton obviously set their stall out for a 0-0 and a break or a set-piece so we had to be switched on for that, which we were, but we're so much better than that.

“It was just the way we moved the ball, we allowed them to get back into their shape. I'd rather dictate the tempo, that was disappointing. We're usually a free-flowing football side but Northampton came with a gameplan to stifle and they did that.

“We spoke pre-match about how playing with some sort of tempo and urgency would move them about but it's just not happened. We never really threatened. There was a bit of urgency towards the end but it was disappointing.”