Doncaster Rovers v Burton Albion - We need better application to halt slump - Andy Butler

Andy Butler has demanded his Doncaster Rovers players show more application and enjoyment to end their dismal run.

Back in contention: Doncaster veteran James Coppinger has recovered from injury. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

The League One side host Burton Albion tonight with just two wins in 15 matches, 10 under Butler’s interim management.

Despite that, he says he is enjoying his time leading his hometown club, and does not believe his chances of getting the job are being damaged.

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Rovers have today advertised the job, with next Monday the deadline for applications, and if Butler is unable to motivate a young squad who were in contention for automatic promotion, never mind the play-offs, before dropping to six points outside the top six, he will surely miss out.

“More than attitude I think it’s application,” he said. “I don’t want to question people’s attitudes.

“If your body language is good sometimes you’ve won part of the battle because teams fear you.

“It’s horrible coming back into the dressing room knowing you’ve not put the performance in and got the result. In a winning dressing room the music’s pumping and players are all smiling.

“I wouldn’t say it’s hurting my chances, you learn more from losses.”

James Coppinger is fit again but Reece James (conussion) has concussion and Cameron John has suffered a family bereavement. On-loan Arsenal striker Tyreece John-Jules is back in training after injury, but unavailable until Saturday.

Last six games: Doncaster Rovers LLLLDL; Burton Albion LDDWLL

Referee: D Rock (Hertfordshire)

Last time: Doncaster Rovers 2 Burton Albion 2, November 2, 2019, League One.

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