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Butler: Promising partnership with Lancashire

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Walsall centre-back Andy Butler feels he has struck up a promising partnership with Olly Lancashire over the last two games.

Butler arrived at the Banks's Stadium as a free agent earlier this month and was paired with summer signing Lancashire for the first time in last Saturday's much-needed 2-1 home win over Carlisle.

A 3-0 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday did not tell the whole story on Tuesday as the pair again put in a good performance at the heart of defence, and they will be looking to put things right when the Saddlers head to Torquay in Saturday's FA Cup second-round tie.

Butler told Saddlers Player: "I thought we defended well against Sheffield Wednesday, I think Olly played really well again and he's shone since he came into the side.

"But, what can you say? We defended well and lost 3-0, it looks bad. There's a few things we need to tighten up on but overall we've got to take the positives out of it."

He added: "Olly's a good young lad, he's willing to learn all the time in training and always there doing extras afterwards. He's doing well, and Manny (Smith, defender) is there as well keeping us on our toes if anyone slacks, so it's good competition."