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Butler reflects on point against Stevenage as he returns to the side

5 November 2019

Iron captain Andy Butler was pleased to return to action in a 0-0 stalemate with Stevenage but was disappointed his side could only share the spoils.

He told iFollow Iron: “It’s two points dropped. We’ve been pretty good at home lately. It wasn’t our greatest performance by a long shot but I suppose the positive is the clean sheet.

“It was flat. It’s up to us to raise the tempo to get it going and for some reason, it didn’t happen. We created chances but the final product wasn’t there. Overall, a point is a point.”

The skipper, who turned 36 on Monday, started his first game for the Iron in the league since the start of September, returning from injury against Boro.

“It’s pleasing to be back in. The two centre halves in front of me have been excellent. I’ve had to bide my time but that’s football,” he said.

“As I said earlier in the season, it’s not going to be all plain sailing and there would be ups and downs. I’ve had a couple of injuries and illness but I enjoy playing games; I have done for the last 20 years.”

The defender took the positives from the result which means United are now seven unbeaten at the Sands Venue Stadium.

He praised ‘keeper Jake Eastwood, saying: “We have to take positives from games like this. We got a clean sheet and we’re still unbeaten. In the first half, [Jake] Eastwood did really well and made good saves.”

He was impressed with the opposition, believing Boro set their stall up to stop the Iron from playing their way on home soil.

“They were pretty well organised. They didn’t allow any space for the strikers to get on the ball and their game plan worked. If we’d stepped it up, I’m sure we’d have scored," he said.

“That’s the thing about this league; anyone can take points from anyone on their day. We believe we can beat anybody and so can they, I suppose. You have a different game plan when you go away from home and they got the point they wanted.”

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