'It's my mistake': Doncaster Rovers' caretaker boss accepts personal responsibility for goal during defeat to Blackpool

Doncaster Rovers' caretaker boss Andy Butler admits he was at fault for the first goal during his side's 2-0 defeat against Blackpool last night.

Wednesday, 5th May 2021, 10:00 am

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The 37-year-old, who has been in interim charge since Darren Moore's departure in March, played himself at centre-back, coming up against Pool's strike partnership of Jerry Yates and Ellis Simms.

While Yates leads Blackpool's scoring charts this season, it was Simms who made the difference last night by scoring both goals.

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The first came after the Everton loanee had sprung the offside trap to latch onto Yates' flick-on before firing beyond goalkeeper Louis Jones.

The 20-year-old put the game to bed late on with a scrappy finish to guarantee the three points, which books Blackpool's place in the League One play-offs with a game to spare.

“We’ve come up against a well-organised side. They’re third in the league and pushing for promotion," Butler, who spent time on loan with Blackpool in 2010, said.

"I thought we caused them problems at times but we’re a side in transition, whereas they’re an established team with some very good players.

Andy Butler can't stop Ellis Simms from scoring his second goal of the night

"It’s another learning curve to see how other teams operate and to see where we can improve. I’m not down about it.

"The first goal is my mistake, I stepped up and hesitated, so I take full responsibility for that. The second one we lose the ball on the halfway line, it might have been a foul but I’m not really sure.

"But overall there are still things we can learn from.

"They had a few chances, we had a few chances, but they probably edged it.

"Jerry Yates is a very good player and he’s done well this season, but he works well with Ellis Simms as a partnership.”

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