Doncaster Rovers: No score to settle on Blades return, insists Andy Butler

Andy Butler in action against Bradford.
Andy Butler in action against Bradford.

Andy Butler insists he does not have a to score to settle with Sheffield United tonight.

The 31-year-old defender made just one appearance for the Blades after joining them on a free transfer from Walsall in the summer.

Butler was loaned back to the Saddlers in September before pitching up at his hometown club Doncaster, who he joined for a nominal fee in January.

But despite his briefer than brief stints at Bramall Lane, the experienced centre half insists it is business as usual this evening and not a case of trying to prove a point.

“It’s just another game for me, that’s all it is,” Butler said.

“I’m fully committed to Doncaster Rovers now. That part of my career has gone now.

“There’s no hard feelings on my side. It’s just another game. I’m a Donny lad and a Donny player. That’s all that bothers me.

“I love playing for Doncaster at the moment so I’m just looking forward to this match like I would with any other.”

Asked what sort of reaction he expects from United fans, Butler said: “I don’t know. I played one game for them so I’m not sure.

“Who knows?

“I’ll get a reception off the Donny fans anyway, so that’s all I’m concerned about!”

Following United’s win at Barnsley on Saturday and Doncaster’s abject 3-0 defeat to Bradford on Good Friday, the Blades go into this evening’s game 11 points clear of their South Yorkshire rivals.

Rovers have not given up all hope of sneaking into sixth spot but know they must now urgently string a sequence of wins together.

Butler thinks tonight could be a tense occasion but admits he is not paying much attention to the position United now find themselves in.

“There’s pressure on both teams,” said Butler.

“If they win they can really pull away. If we get three points we can close the gap.

“Either way I think it’ll be quite a tense game but it’s one we’re relishing. They’re in a good position but hopefully we can match them on the night.

“I’m at Donny now so whatever aims they have don’t really concern me any more,” he added.

“My aim is to get Donny in the top six. Whatever happens at Sheffield United happens.”

Nathan Tyson, Kyle Bennett and Liam Mandeville could come into contention to start.