Forward delighted to get off the mark and help Vale to 1-0 win over Lincoln City.
- Danny Butterworth | “Really happy to get my first goal”
- Blackburn Rovers loanee Butterworth speaks after his first Port Vale goal helps Darrell Clarke’s side to 1-0 League One win against Lincoln City
- Butterworth: “It is something that I need to add to my game – more goals – so once it hit the back of the net I was buzzing.”
Port Vale forward Danny Butterworth spoke of his delight at scoring the decisive goal as the Vale defeated Lincoln City 1-0 on Saturday afternoon.
Butterworth’s goal – his first for the Vale – was also the 250th under the Shanahan ownership as Darrell Clarke’s side climbed into the top half of the League One table.
Reflecting post-match with iFollow the Vale, Butterworth said:
“I was really happy to get my first goal; it is something that I need to add to my game – more goals – so once it hit the back of the net I was buzzing.
“I think I have always had an eye for goal but previously I haven’t been getting in those positions but it goes to show if I get in those positions I can put it away.
“I have been itching to start more games and I feel like when I have been coming on I have changing the game, so I was just waiting for that one start to show what I can do and it was even better to get a goal.”
Butterworth’s link up with fellow forward players Ellis Harrison and Mipo Odubeko was highlighted post-match, and he spoke post-match of his enjoyment of his role within the team.
“I really enjoy playing there and feel like I have a lot of freedom. The two strikers in front of me today, Ellis and Mipo, I know they are going to make the runs so I just have to try and provide for them.
“I know what Ellis is about because we were at Fleetwood Town together so I know he will always be in the box, Mipo is fast and gets in behind and makes them runs to stretch the game for us - we worked really well together.”
Butterworth was one of six changes made by manager Clarke from the midweek defeat to Ipswich Town and the forward highlighted the importance of the squad in his post-match assessment.
“The gaffer told us there would be changes with it being a three-game week,” he explained. “I think everyone was in the right mindset because they knew they could be called upon.
“Everyone stuck together and it really helped the togetherness of the group, getting six points this week.”