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Danny Butterfield: We are setting high standards

27 July 2016

Danny Butterfield gives his thoughts on Exeter City victory over Taunton Town

Player-coach Danny Butterfield says the squad is setting themselves high standards after admitting he was slightly disappointed with Exeter City’s performance in their 2-1 win over Taunton Town on Tuesday night.

The Grecians won the match thanks to goals from David Wheeler and Connor Riley-Lowe, but Butterfield was disappointed with his team’s start to the game and inability to keep a clean sheet.

"I think there's positives to come out of it, because it's more minutes under the belt for the boys' preparation for the first game of the season,” said Butterfield. “I'm a little disappointed it took so long to get into the flow of the game, with recognising how we could have exploited Taunton a little bit earlier than we did, but all in all, we've come away with a couple of minor bruises but nothing major on the injury front and, again, it's more minutes under the belt.

"It's ticking along nicely and it's another win for the club. I’m a little frustrated we didn't keep a clean sheet, as we have been doing, but there's plenty of positives and I'm sure Tis will be happy on the injury front."

The fact that Butterfield is not satisfied with a 2-1 victory shows the club are not willing to rest on their laurels, but the player-coach says that is something that is coming from the players themselves.

Butterfield, said: “We are setting high standards that they need to maintain and I think that is something the squad is breeding at the moment; those standards that we aim to win every game and keep clean sheets. It is something we continue to work on and something we will certainly be aiming for at Blackpool.”

There were impressive performances as well from Matt Jay, who set up the second goal, and Connor Riley-Lowe, while the game finished with 23-year-old Jordan Tillson wearing the captain’s armband as the oldest player on the pitch.

"Every squad member is valuable and we always have a good group of youngsters coming through," said Butterfield. "I think there's individuals who performed well and we finished the game with a lot of youngsters on the pitch, including a first-year scholar, so there's always positives on that front and we've just got to make sure that every member of the squad is valuable. Everyone will be called upon this season and we trust each and every one of them to play a part.”

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