Tottenham youngster happy with starring role in draw

LEE Butcher produced a fantastic second half display to ensure that City s unbeaten run was maintained during Saturday s 1-1 draw with Newport County. Butcher, who is in the middle of a month loan spell from Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur, pulled o

LEE Butcher produced a fantastic second half display to ensure that City's unbeaten run was maintained during Saturday's 1-1 draw with Newport County.

Butcher, who is in the middle of a month loan spell from Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur, pulled off a string of fine saves including a 49th minute penalty save to earn City a point.

Speaking to The Herts Advertiser after Saturday's game he said: "First half I wasn't too pleased with myself, my kicking was a bit poor and I wasn't happy at all. Second half I felt I did a lot better, my kicking was a lot better, there was a few saves to make but I was just doing my job."

Butcher's penalty save was the highlight of a fine performance and the 20-year old says he has a good record when it comes to spot kicks.


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"I've been known to save a few now and then. I had a feeling he was going that way, I just had a feeling and I was right," he said.

There was nothing he could do with Sam Foley's wonderful equaliser though bringing to an end a run of five consecutive clean sheets.

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"To be honest I don't think I couldn't do anything about it. It was a decent strike, it was a bit weird how it happened; it came off someone's back then off someone's head then off someone's back again and it just popped up to the number 10 who just put it in. When I saw it hit the back of the net I was devastated because I wanted to keep a clean sheet to keep the clean sheets going but I don't think I could have done anything about it."

The 'keeper, who has also had loan spells at AFC Wimbledon and Grays Athletic, says he is enjoying his time at Clarence Park.

"The number one goalkeeper's [Paul Bastock] back, he's passed fit I think so I'll just have to see if I'm playing. The lads are great, and it's good down here.

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