Button backs survival cause

Wants to stay: David Button is approaching the end of his second month on loan.                            Picture: ANDREW ROE
Wants to stay: David Button is approaching the end of his second month on loan. Picture: ANDREW ROE

ON-loan keeper David Button has proved a safe pair of hands during his time at Doncaster Rovers.

The 22 year-old Spurs prospect was brought in as cover when Wolves’ loanee Carl Ikeme and veteran Neil Sullivan were both ruled out after surgery at the start of the year as manager Dean Saunders looked for someone with more experience than Gary Woods in the club’s relegation battle.

Button is the third keeper brought in on loan this season, the first being Chris Kirkland, and the first to stay injury free.

“I’d just come back from injury myself before I came here so I did think about the fact that both the previous two loan keepers had picked up injuries on loan so I was wondering what the Donny coach had been doing to them,” he joked.

“But it’s been great since I’ve been here and I’ve really enjoyed working with him and I’ve kept fit and healthy.”

Button, a Spurs’ supporter as a boy, is contracted to the North London club until the end of next season and would ideally like to make his career there.

But he makes it clear that while he is at Doncaster he will remain fully focused on trying to help Rovers maintain their Championship status.

He remains optimistic that they can do despite the club dropping back to the foot of the table in midweek following their home defeat against Blackpool and Coventry’s win over Leeds United.

“The manager believes that we can stay up and he’s instilled that belief in all the players as well,” he said.

“Obviously we know that it’s not going to be easy and we’ve got to fight for our lives but we are all confident that we can stay up.”

Button admits that for Rovers to realistically hang on to their treasured Championship status, away results have got to improve.

The club make the short journey to Elland Road tomorrow, having not won away for over three months, with only a point from a goalless draw against Hull City at the KC Stadium in their last game on the road to show for their efforts.

Rovers had much to thank Button for on that occasion, as he pulled off a series of fine saves to keep the Tigers at bay.

It was his third clean sheet in four league games but easily his most impressive display. He may need to be in similar form at Elland Road tomorrow if Rovers are to avoid going home empty-handed against a Leeds side who will be desperate to make amends for the 2-1 defeat against the Sky Blues.

“When I signed for the second month it was a fixture which stood out for me,” he said. “It’s quite local and they are a massive club as well.

“They’ve recently sacked their manager and often when teams appoint a new manager, whether it be a caretaker manager or a permanent one, it can give everyone a lift although in their case results have been mixed.

“I know their home form of late hasn’t been great which will add to the pressure on them.

“Leeds are a big club with a lot of tradition and there is a lot of expectation, but the Championship is a tough league and hard for anyone to get out of.”

Coming towards the end of his second month on loan at the club - Saturday week’s home game against Peterborough is scheduled to be his last match for the struggling Keepmoat side - Button makes it clear that he’d love to stay on for not only another month but until the end of the season.

But with Sullivan not too far off being ready to resume playing, and Woods champing at the bit, Button admits that he doesn’t know what the future holds for him.

“I’ve not spoken to anyone about what is happening and I’m just taking it a game at a time and try and make sure that I do enough to stay in the team for the next game,” he said.