Rochdale v Doncaster Rovers - Andy Butler frustrated with ‘what might have been’

Andy Butler admits that he has been having to contend with thoughts about “what might have been” following Doncaster Rovers’ dramatic slide out of the League One promotion picture.

The South Yorkshiremen were sixth in the division and very much in contention for a top-two finish when the 37-year-old took over the reins at the Keepmoat Stadium following Darren Moore’s March departure.

And, despite back-to-back victories at the start of his tenure, a run of just one win in 13 matches has seen Rovers plummet down the table under Butler.

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Although a top-seven finish is not yet mathematically impossible, with the club now languishing in 13th and seven points shy of seventh place ahead of today’s trip to Rochdale a campaign that promised so much ultimately looks set to end in mid-table obscurity.

Doncaster's Andy Butler cuts a lonely figure after the defeat by Fleetwood. Picture: Howard Roe/AHPIX LTD
Doncaster's Andy Butler cuts a lonely figure after the defeat by Fleetwood. Picture: Howard Roe/AHPIX LTD

And Butler is as unhappy about that fact as anybody.

“I make no secret about it, I’m frustrated and disappointed, and so are the players,” the Rovers stalwart said.

“These last few months, it’s not been good enough, the results haven’t been good enough. We have to learn from this run of games and make sure it never happens again.

“The squad is still young, they are still learning. We put ourselves in a fantastic position early on but failed to capitalise on it.

“Like I say, everyone in the changing room is disappointed and frustrated about what might have been.”

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