Butler bent on play-off push

Walsall skipper Andy Butler has set his sights on a play-off push next season after the League One club survived relegation this season.

Last Updated: 30/04/12 at 11:10

Butler: Wants play-offs next season

Butler: Wants play-offs next season

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The Saddlers, for the second time in as many seasons, survived a relegation scrap at the weekend thanks to a 1-1 home draw against Huddersfield and a late comeback from Notts County to earn a 4-3 triumph at struggling Wycombe.

Butler is currently savouring the club's escape but he is hoping for a battle of a different kind next term.

"It's been a season of fine lines where we've not had the rub of the green. Hopefully things will balance themselves out next year and we can find ourselves challenging at the right end of the table," he told the club's official website.

"We've certainly got the players here to be able to do that and we could have easily been on 60-plus points at this stage. Hopefully next season we can push on and bounce back higher. The staff here have been brilliant and Dean Smith is one of the best managers I have worked under. His man-management is superb and the lads want to do well for him.

"Everyone has put the effort in and I am so pleased for Dean. There is no reason why we can't build on this and be a play-off contender next time around. For now, though, we are pleased to have secured our League One place and we will be looking to finish on a positive note next week at MK Dons."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

want to spend more time with my tit-for-tat Autobiographies . He probably didn't say.

megabrow (cufc)
Keane leaves Aston Villa

B

elieve in the dream Ashley. I have a hot tub, I still think I can get all The Saturdays in there for nekkid sexyfuntime. Failing that, Adele.

hump3.
Young: Man United target title

C

onclusions...we are truely living the dream now

dead yeti
Take Your Marks In The Premier League Sack Race

Footer 365

Premier League: Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini says Sergio Aguero as important as Messi and Ronaldo

Manuel Pellegrini says Sergio Aguero is as important to Man City as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are to their clubs.

Premier League: Leicester's Nigel Pearson not letting pressure get to him

Leicester boss Nigel Pearson is determined not to let the pressure affect him as his side's wait for a win continues.

Ligue 1: Saint-Etienne coach Christophe Galtier describes Brandao's prison sentence as 'an aberration'

Saint-Etienne coach Christophe Galtier has described the prison sentence imposed on Brandao as "an aberration".

Mail Box

Don't Write Arsenal Off Yet (For Third)

That's the message from the afternoon mailbox, which also suggests Manchester City should look to bin Manuel Pellegrini. Can he take them any further?

Sanchez: A Sliding Doors Moment For Pool

One Liverpool fan regrets the club's failure to sign Alexis Sanchez and thinks Brendan Rodgers and Co should now target the domestic cups. A lot has changed in 12 months...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property