Rovers will come good, defender urges fans

Andy Butler says Rovers will grow into a good team. Photo: ''Andrew Roe
Andy Butler says Rovers will grow into a good team. Photo: ''Andrew Roe

Andy Butler has urged Rovers supporters to stick by the team after their stuttering start to the League One campaign.

Rovers failed to build on their first league win of the season last weekend as they suffered a 1-0 defeat at Gillingham, courtesy of Jake Hessenthaler’s controversial goal.

Talismanic defender Butler insists his side will come good and says too much should not be read into the first six games of the season.

“We’ll get there,” Butler said. “The season is not won or lost in the first six games.

“It’s a long season, we’ve got 40 games and it’s all to play for.

“I remember a few years ago Tranmere were leaders up until Christmas with 50 points and they went downhill.

“There’s so many points left to play for. We’ll grow into a good team.”

There were angry scenes from a group of Rovers’ 234-strong travelling support at the final whistle at the Priestfield Stadium, who directed their ire at boss Paul Dickov.

The lack of goals – five in nine matches this term – has proved a major source of frustration for supporters.

While confessing he understands the discontent of fans, Butler says the team need their support for the months ahead.

He said: “The fans came down and they have every right to voice their opinion.

“They will be frustrated.

“But our message is stay positive and we will get there.

“We’re going to have to stick together and that’s how you get places when everyone pulls in the same direction.

“As a team we believe we will still be up there and as players and staff we believe it. Stick with us and it will come.”