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Butler looks to bounce back at Bradford

13 January 2020

Andy Butler said the Iron need to take Saturday’s result on the chin and look to bounce back at Bradford City this coming week, after a 2-1 defeat to Newport County at the Sands Venue Stadium on Saturday.

He told iFollow Iron: “It’s disappointing. It’s not the standard we’ve set ourselves over the last few weeks. We know we have to improve when we’re playing in conditions like that.”

The Exiles scored twice in the space of four minutes and Butler believed the goals were preventable.

“They handled the conditions better than we did. I don’t think we played as football as well as we have done, especially at home, in the last few weeks. They put balls in the box and two have fallen for them,” he explained.

“It’s disappointing to concede one goal, let alone two in quick concession. It’s something we’ll look at and put right next week.”

Lee Novak was given his marching orders in the 75th minute, shown a straight red by referee Scott Oldham.

Butler had his say on the sending off: “I didn’t really see it. I spoke to the referee and he said he swung an arm. If that’s true then I’ve got no arguments but it looks a soft one to me.”

The skipper took a knock and saw the last 20 minutes out with a bandage around his head and received stitches after the game.

“I’m fine,” he said. “It’s part and parcel of being an ugly centre-half! You’ve got to take the knocks in the face and get on with it.”

With a trip to Bradford next up on the Iron’s schedule this Saturday, the defender has urged his teammates to put the loss behind them.

“We need to keep believing in what we’ve been doing and not get too down about this result. We’ve got to take it on the chin. Newport came and did their job today and next week, we need to do a better job than Bradford.”

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