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Butland going through shaky spell

After having rave reviews of his performances for Cheltenham Town in his previous spell there, it seems that Butland’s second spell with the Robins isn’t going as well.

Mark Yates has been quick to come out and defend the England u21 keeper as fingers have been pointed at Butland after mistakes in recent games. In his first spell at Whaddon Road, Butland kept seven clean sheets in twelve matches and the start of this spell saw him keep two more in his first couple of games. However, a mistake from Butland on a regulation cross allowed Terry Gornell of Shrewsbury to put the Shrews 2-0 up at New Meadow and in their last game, a 4-0 mauling by Southend Utd, Butland was culpable for at least two of the goals.

It would be a mistake to see this as a negative experience for the Clevedon-born keeper though. Whilst it’s unfortunate for the team that he has made these mistakes it’s all a apart of a keeper’s education and if Butland can learn from them and improve it will be to Blues’ good. The fact that Mark Yates is happy to stand by Butland and keep him in the team shows how highly rated he is. It’s this kind of experience that will be invaluable to Butland if he is to become Blues number 1 keeper.

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8 Responses to “Butland going through shaky spell”

  • BIG says:

    shame the same courtesy wasn’t afforded Colin Doyle.

    • almajir says:

      If you are referring to Bruce dropping him after the first couple of games of the season after a couple of mistakes, I agree. I think that set Doyle back in his development considerably.

  • Blue Steve says:

    Completely agree with your sentiments about this being a good thing regarding his education. Glad these mistakes were not in Blue colours though. I have seen a couple of the goals and they were shockers!

  • Ian Smith says:

    It was a shame about Doyle, however he should have never been the starting keeper that season, Maik Taylor should have been restored

    • Bluenosejohn says:

      Agree totally. Taylor was only dropped because Bruce tried to blame him for the poor defensive performances immediately prior to Upson’s sale which Bruce did not want and hence he was not going to accept the blame was Upson’s and Taylor ended up the scapegoat. Doyle was outstanding when he came in but started the next season badly and those matches that Taylor was not in for and the one he was ‘rested for’ in Eric Black’s one match cost us our place in the Premier League.

  • Iggy says:

    Weren’t Cheltenham down to 10 men for 70 mins of the Southend game? Butland is one for the future and hopefully, our future.


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