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11 August 2016

CALUM Butcher believes that Burton Albion’s side are developing as a unit and thinks it is only a matter of time before the Brewers regain their formidable defensive reputation.

Despite having the best defence in League One last season; The Brewers have struggled in their opening two games, conceding six. However, Nigel Clough’s side have also shown a more intense style in the opening week, something that has also garnered six goals for the side and Butcher believes the will be an improvement in the coming weeks.

“I think that is just the way that we play, we want to score goals and sometimes that means that we will concede a few but ultimately we don’t want to concede goals because that isn’t what we go out to do on a Saturday or any game so I think we will sort that out and be fine in the next few games.”

Butcher was speaking after Burton’s 3-2 extra-time win over Bury in the EFL cup first round; the game was the Brewer’s first competitive home game of the season and their first since Saturday’s frustrating 4-3 defeat to Nottingham Forest. Butcher feels that a positive result was important to restore confidence ahead of facing Bristol City this weekend

“I think the lads who played (on Saturday) were disappointed to come away and not take three points, or even a point, from the game.

“It was nice to get out there tonight and put that to bed so we can look forward to Saturday now against Bristol City.”

Butcher completed the game against The Shakers up front, a position he has often featured in under Clough. He has featured in numerous positions, even playing at centre back while at Dundee United.  He feels that, while versatility can be a blessing for the team, it can sometimes frustrate a player.

“It is good to play in a number of different positions but sometimes it can be frustrating because you might not get to play in the position you want to play in.

“Ultimately, with the squad that we have there are so many players who can play in different positions, that is a bonus for the manager when he looks at the bench and sees a few players who can play in a few different positions.”

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