Bradford City fans have taken to Twitter to comment on Jacob Butterfield’s performance against Fleetwood Town, as the midfielder was making his first league start since joining on loan from Derby County.
The midfielder will be tasked with helping the Bantams avoid relegation to League Two, with the team currently lying in 23rd spot in the table.
Unfortunately for Butterfield, his home debut did not go as planned as Bradford succumbed to a 1-0 defeat to Joey Barton’s Fleetwood Town. Still, supporters took to Twitter to single out the player for praise.
#bcafc The only positive from today is that Butterfield looks to be a decent player. He got bundled off the ball a couple of times and overhit some passes but I think he'll be good for us.— h (@hc555) February 9, 2019
Ps I actually thought when he got the ball , Butterfield looked deece bar one time he lost the ball! #bcafc— Chris Windsor (@ChrisWindsor987) February 9, 2019
Really happy with Butterfield, not useless and alongside Billy Clarke looks genuinely happy to play for us #BCAFC— Sophie Eveleigh (@sophieeveleigh) February 9, 2019
I'm really looking forward to seeing his debut. Hopefully he'll be in the starting line up next week.— Captain Sensible (@CaptainSensibl6) February 9, 2019
Everyone shouting at Chicksen yet completely ignoring some of the worst defending we've ever seen from Knight-Percival, we won't stay up with these 2 in the first 11. And the hoof ball is a disgrace, when we play on the floor we look alright.. Butterfield looks good #bcafc— Daniel (@DGreen1989) February 9, 2019
Imagine signing ball players like Butterfield, Clarke, having Payne, Doyle, O’Brien and then serving up THAT today. Makes no sense. #bcafc— Ricc Stead (@Riccles05) February 9, 2019
We have a lot of technical ability in our midfield as well in O'Brien, Ball, Payne, Butterfield etc. It's such a shame that we go long every single time rather than one of them dropping off and collecting it, we have the ability to pass through teams at our best #bcafc— Aaron (@CityMakeMeSad) February 9, 2019
Some glimpses of good football between O’Brien, Payne, Butterfield in the 1st half..But that’s it. No plan B what so ever, my 6 year old even realised the long ball wasn’t working.. it really was that obvious!!! Why on earth don’t we get the ball down and play from the back?Awful— Eddie (@Eddie72991371) February 9, 2019
Butterfield’s contract at Derby expires in the summer and it seems there are no plans for the Rams to extend his deal at Pride Park, with the player failing to make a single appearance under manager Frank Lampard.
The 28-year-old joined Derby from Huddersfield Town on a four-year deal back in 2015 for a fee believed to be around £5 million (the Examiner).
Butterfield immediately slotted into Derby’s midfield and played a role during the club’s promotion push that season, with the East Midlands club ultimately coming up short as they lost to Hull City in the play-off semi-finals.
The former Barnsley midfielder gradually fell out of favour, making just two starts last season and spending a chunk of the campaign on loan at Sheffield Wednesday.
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