Skipper on opening day defeat and trip to Oldham...SADDLERS' skipper, Andy Butler has reflected upon our opening day set-back at the hands of Doncaster Rovers as we prepare for what is a busy start to the season.
"In parts we were good and other parts not so good," he admitted. "There are various aspects of the game that we can take heart from and also aspects for us to learn from.
"It's the first game and we are still a work in progress. Had we got a goal when we were on top shortly after they took the lead, it could have easily been a different story.
"To be fair, Doncaster were a well-organised outfit and their second goal knocked the stuffing out of us. That said, we stuck at the task in hand and that is encouraging.
"It's a learning curve for us and we have a clear view of where we want to be. We've got a lot of young lads in the team who have pace and trickery and they will go into games without fear."
The matches come thick-and-fast in the weeks ahead and Tuesday evening sees us on the road for our first away game of the campaign at Oldham Athletic.
"It's a busy opening, but it's all part-and-parcel of football," he added. "This is what we work so hard during pre-season for, so the fruits of our summer efforts will be seen.
"I watched Oldham on television last week and they looked a well-organised team during the first half, so we know they will make life difficult for us on Tuesday. But, as I say, we will go there with no fear and ready for the challenge.
"We will take the positives from Saturday into this game and hopefully build on them. As a defensive unit we can only get stronger with each game and hopefully help those young lads in front of us."