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Near-perfect debut for midfielder

2 September 2017

New Mansfield Town midfielder Calum Butcher described his debut today at Carlisle as 'near perfect' after making an instant impact for the Stags this afternoon.

Butcher signed for Steve Evans' squad on Thursday from Championship club Millwall and netted the equalising goal for the Stags today with his first touch.

The ex-Burton Albion player climbed off the bench in the 66th minute to plant the ball over United goalkeeper Jack Bonham just two minutes later to level the contest, which ultimately finished 1-1.

Speaking post match exclusively to, Butcher described his debut as 'near-perfect', intimating that only the acquisiton of maximum points would have made it a flawless first game: "I'm over the moon to score on my debut. It was something I wanted to do.

"I knew if I got off the [substitutes] bench early enough then I could do it.

"I sort of saw the 'keeper off his line and thought if it was going to go anywhere, I've got to go over the top of him. He was scrambling a little bit and thankfully it went in."

"It's a great squad of lads and everyone's welcomed me really well. I'm happy to be here."

Calum Butcher, midfielder

Butcher had a similar chance minutes later, of which he said: "I needed to hit the target from there. I was disappointed not to score.

"Other than that I stuck in and got involved.

"We got the point, but we're disappointed not to get all three.

"A point is a point so we take it back with us and we'll build on that now. We want to win every game but this is a diffcult place to come. 

"I thought in the second half there was only one team who would go on and win it. 

"We rode our luck a little bit. They hit the post but i thought overall we were the much better side."

Butched revealed his high esteem of the current Stags' squad and believes there's more to come from Steve Evans charges.

"There's a great squad here. As soon as it clicks, which you're seeing glimpses of now, we will hopefully go on and do good things this season. It's a great squad of lads and everyone's welcomed me really well. I'm happy to be here."

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