Doncaster manager: Wigan Athletic wanted it more than we did

Doncaster boss Andy Butler admitted Wigan Athletic's players 'wanted it more' than his side during an 'embarrassing' day at the office.
Thelo Aasgaard in control against DoncasterThelo Aasgaard in control against Doncaster
Thelo Aasgaard in control against Doncaster

Latics took the lead inside three minutes through Joe Dodoo, and never looked in danger of relinquishing it during a masterful display.

It completed a first league double this season for Latics, who won the corresponding fixture at the DW by the only goal.

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And Butler didn't even attempt to mount a defence for his well-beaten side.

"Being brutally honest, from the first minute it was embarrassing," he fumed. "That is probably being kind.

"I don't often question players' attitudes and desires, but today I will. I think they all have to look at themselves individually and collectively.

"Putting it simply, Wigan wanted it more than us.

"When you go out onto the pitch with Doncaster Rovers colours and the badge, you represent yourself, your family and friends, the club and the fans.

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"I don't think any players can go home tonight and say honestly that they put a shift in.

"Maybe it is time that players do have a good look at themselves and question whether they have done all they can. I don't think any can really say that.”

Rovers' only glimmer of hope came in first-half stoppage-time when Taylor Richards made it 3-1.

But Will Keane joined Thelo Aasgaard and Viv Solomon-Otabor on the scoresheet to complete a convincing triumph.

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"There was naivety in the team as we gave ourselves a mountain to climb again," added Butler. "It's not good enough.

“It was one ball into the box that should be easily defendable and it turns into a goal for them. It’s schoolboy stuff.

"No matter what you put on for them tactics wise or the information you give them to go out onto the pitch, if they can’t defend a poor ball into the box then you’re going to give yourself a lot to do in the game.

“We got the goal back but it doesn’t mask the fact that we were very poor.”

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