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Butler assesses opener and looks ahead to Cheltenham away

7 August 2019

Iron captain Andy Butler was keeping perspective following his side’s opening day defeat against Swindon Town, as he spoke to iFollow Iron after the match.

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Two second-half goals for the Robins proved to be the sucker punch for the Iron, and Butler said: “It’s disappointing to lose your first game at home, but there are still 45 matches to go. There are signs there that we need to work on certain things but there are also positives to take away from it.

“I’ve said all along, you don’t get too low when you lose and too high when you win, so we’ll look at the game, analyse it, see what we can do better and go from there really. We can’t beat ourselves up about it. It’s gone now, it’s the past, and you can’t change it. The only thing we can do is move onto the next game.”

Regarding Swindon’s second goal, Butler said: “I thought it was offside because I thought I was last man, the linesman said the left-back played him on, but he was crossing the ball at the time in the box. There were things going on before that we need to sort out, we shouldn’t be getting counter-attacked from our cross, so we’ll work on that.

“We didn’t play to our full potential, which is a big one for us. We did it in bits and bobs and I actually thought they scored when we were having our best spell in the game. We’ve had a free kick and it’s fallen to them. All we can do now is analyse it and improve from it.

“When I coach, I tell my kids there’s no point beating yourself up now, you’ve just got to move onto the next game. There’s no way we can influence this now; you’ve just got to see what you can do better, as a team, a squad and a whole football club. We’ll look at that and do it.”

When asked what his side are looking for heading into next weekend’s trip to Cheltenham, Butler stated: “Three points. That’s what you’ve got to do, we’ll go into every game looking to win. There’s no point looking to get a point because you’ll probably get beat.

“We’ll do certain things different to this game, and all we can ask for is 100 per cent from each player. There’s no point carrying any players now, it’s the start of the season and it’s what we’re paid to do, we’re paid to win games. We’ll sit down and talk, and we’ll get there. It was the first game of many - a marathon not a sprint.

“We ask the fans to stick with us. They were very good on Saturday, it was a good turnout, and let’s keep going.

“I was really pleased to be the skipper (for the first time), but I don’t want to be the losing skipper, I’d rather be the winning one. There’s mixed emotions there but it’s good to be back, that’s what you’ve got to be grateful of. It’s difficult to say on the back of a 2-0 defeat, but there are bits and bobs there where you can say ‘actually do you know what? Things will come right’.

“Hopefully the fans can see that. It’s best to keep positive and move on, it’s all we can do.”

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