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Skipper keeping level going into Macclesfield clash

23 August 2019

Skipper Andy Butler is keeping level-headed as gets ready for the away clash at Macclesfield Town this Saturday, where he hopes his side can pick up their first three points of the League Two season.

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“I just want to say to the fans, just stick with us. It’s not gone that well so far but I’m telling you now it’ll be a good season,” the centre-back told iFollow Iron.

“As daft as it seems, we’re only eight points off the top of the league. I know people will say we haven’t started well, but it’s a marathon not a sprint. Don’t get too low when you lose and not too high when you win games. You have to stay level throughout the whole season and it really will equal itself out.

“Obviously, results haven’t gone for us so far with one draw and three losses, but we’ll take a positive approach and go into Macclesfield looking for three points.

“The games come thick and fast at the beginning of the season. Things have gone against us so far but with a little bit of luck we can hopefully turn that around from Saturday.

“We haven’t started as well as we’d want to but it’s a long season and four games isn’t a lot in the grand scheme of things and there are another 42 remaining. We have to keep positive, and I know I’ll get shot down saying that, but it’s how you have to be if you’re to be successful.

“Football changes so quickly, and winning does breed confidence. You get one win, and then one becomes two and you get on a roll. With the squad we’ve got, we should be winning and it’s down to us as players to produce performances. For parts of the game on Tuesday, there was a performance but it’s just the little details we got wrong. However, I’ve got full confidence in this squad.”

Speaking about the midweek clash at Cambridge where his side were eventually edged out 3-2 after playing more than 70 minutes with ten men following James Perch’s red card, he continued: “We were gutted because we battled hard and it’s always difficult with ten men, but the lads put in a good shift. We need to defend the crosses a bit better but it’s something we’ll work on. I don’t feel we’re far away from being a side. We just have to keep the belief.”

The game could see a debut for striker George Miller, who joined from Barnsley on a season-long loan on Thursday morning.

Butler said: “He’s still young and has a lot to prove, but if he wants to get on in football there’s no better place to come and score goals, and make a name for himself. If he comes here and scores goals, he’ll have a good career and that’s what we want from him. He’s another option and it creates competition. I thought Kyle (Wootton) worked ever so hard on Tuesday night too.”

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