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Dan’s Anfield delight

Butterworth bags the winner against Liverpool to round off a memorable week

29 April 2019

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It has been a week to remember for young striker Dan Butterworth.

The 19-year-old made his league debut for the club in the Easter Monday victory over Bolton Wanderers at Ewood Park – producing a lively cameo performance after coming on for Bradley Dack 15 minutes from time.

The Academy graduate was then named the Young Player of the Year at the Disabled Supporters End of Season Party on Thursday, before scoring what proved to be the winner in the Under-23s’ 2-1 victory over Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.

Speaking after the game, Butterworth said: “It’s been a good week. I made my debut on Monday, so that was a good moment for myself, and then obviously winning Young Player of the Year throughout the week and then playing here, getting a goal and winning.

“It’s always nice to score a goal, but it tops it off being at Anfield and especially with it being at The Kop end.

“Losing to Everton (in the Premier League Cup) last week was a big disappointment, because you want to win every competition you’re in, so it’s a big win for the lads.

“After how we started the season, it wasn’t the best, but since the start of the year, we’ve managed to turn that right around, we’ve played some good stuff at times, we’ve shown what we can do in this league and we’ve finished off the season strongly, so everyone’s happy.”

Having gained a taste of Championship football a week ago, Butterworth has his sights set on being involved against Swansea in Rovers’ season finale this Sunday.

“I enjoyed it (playing against Bolton) and I thought I did alright,” he added. “I just want more and more of that now, so I can show people what I can do.

“Hopefully I can be involved against Swansea at the weekend, but we’ll just have to wait and see what the gaffer decides to do. Hopefully I can do well in training this week and then we’ll see what happens.”

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