Louis Jones justifies Andy Butler’s first bold decision as Doncaster Rovers boss

IT was a milestone occasion not just for Doncaster Rovers manager Andy Butler on Tuesday night.

Louis Jones: Has had to be patient waiting for his chance in the Doncaster first team. (Picture: Marie Caley)

His fellow Doncastrian Louis Jones, who hails from Thorne, made his eagerly-awaited league debut for his hometown club as Butler made the first bold call of his rein in dropping loanee goalkeeper Ellery Balcombe.

Jones, 22, did not have a great deal to do – and had little chance with a late goal from ex-Rovers marksman John Marquis in the hosts’ much-needed 2-1 win over fellow League One promotion hopefuls Portsmouth – but his contribution still pleased his manager.

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Butler observed: “I spoke to Gez (Paul Gerrard – goalkeeping coach) and we just felt it was the right time. It is not making a big deal out of it. Louis has deserved his chance. We have two good keepers now pushing each other. Now Louis has to be on his toes, otherwise Ellery comes back in.

Doncaste keeper Louis Jones during his debut against portsmouth (Picture: Howard Roe)

“I played with Louis in a reserve game last Wednesday and you see how they operate and watch them in training. I thought he was excellent. His release passes were good and his bounce passes to midfielders were very good and his composure was excellent and when needed to, he came to a few crosses.”

Jones – who came through the club’s youth system after joining the club at the age of 12 – said: “It was brilliant to start the new gaffer’s first game with a win.

“We had a meeting (on Monday) and it was made clear that all positions were up for grabs and everyone was told to prepare as if they were playing. People talk about the keepers’ union and it is true. You have got to push each other every day and never waste a day, keep pushing and see everything as an opportunity.”

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