Butler post Tranmere

Dan Butler says reaching 150 appearances for Newport County AFC is a proud moment and up there with the best in his career so far.

Since joining the club in June 2016, County have played 162 competitive fixtures, so Butler has featured in 92.59% of matches since his arrival.

Just like on his 100th match, Butler had to settle for a point on his marquee appearance after the Exiles were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Tranmere Rovers.

Here, you can read what Butler exclusively told iFollow Exiles following the conclusion of the contest…


On the draw with Tranmere Rovers…

"I think we were dominant. I wouldn’t say that unless I thought we were, and I thought we dominated from start to finish.

"Tranmere had a chance at the end which was as a result of a mix-up at the back but other than that, there was only one team who was going to win the game and that would have been us.

"If you want to be negative then you can argue it’s two points dropped, but we knew this was going to be a tough game.

"Tranmere are in a very good position in the league and you never know, come the end of the season this could turn out to be a very important point.

"We kept a clean sheet as well, so we have to take the positives."


On reaching 150 appearances for the Exiles…

"It’s something I pride myself on – being available for every game. I look after myself and I’m really happy to make my 150th appearance for the club.

"It’s been a good 150 games, a lot more positives in there than negatives.

"I’m really proud because I’ve been here nearly three seasons and to make this number of appearances for the club in that time is something I’m really proud of. Hopefully there’ll be a lot more.

"I want to play every single game. I’m a professional footballer, I like training, but I love playing in the games.

"I’m never happy missing a game so to play that many is something I’m really happy about."


On receiving the PFA Player in the Community Award last month…

"I’ve said it so many times to everyone I’ve spoken to about it, it’s really rewarding for me to be able to give back to the people who support us as a group. I’ve really enjoyed it, and long may it continue.

"Norman Parselle doesn’t get enough credit for what he does for the football club and the community.

"If it wasn’t for him, the whole group wouldn’t be together. I would never have met them so it’s all down to Norman Parselle really and I really appreciate it.

"I’m not a superhero, I’m just a footballer who wants to give a little bit back to the fans who support us. If it makes them happy and it gives them a boost, I’m happy. That’s my job."


On hosting fellow play-off chasers Swindon Town in midweek…

"It’s another massive game. We’re at home, we’ve got to be confident like we were [on Saturday] and we’ve got to be prepared to fight.

"Hopefully Tuesday we take our chances and we come away with the three points. That’s the aim.

"[The previous meetings] come into it a little bit. You don’t want to lose to the same team three times in one season, especially not at home where we’re favourites.

"It doesn’t really matter now. We need to make sure we’re competitive in every single game until the season is over and hopefully, we land in the play-offs."


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