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Barry backs Town

12 March 2013

Anthony Barry says he is looking forward to going back to the Crown Ground and but will have Fleetwood Town business firmly on his mind.

By Tom Bestwick

Anthony Barry says he is looking forward to going back to the Crown Ground and but will have Fleetwood Town business firmly on his mind.

Barry played 26 times for Fleetwood’s Lancashire rivals during the clubs promotion to the football league in 2005/06 season, before his impressive performances saw him signed up by League One side Yeovil Town. It will be the start of a big week for Graham Alexander’s side who will also visit Plymouth Argyle and Barnet as they look to reignite their push for a play-off place. Barry said: “I am looking forward to going back to Accrington and seeing a few old faces. Leam (Richardson) was our left back at the time, and now he is the manager, so it will be good to see them, but hopefully we get the three points that we need.” Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Exeter City stretched Town’s run without a win to five games, and Barry thought his side’s performance warranted a win against the Grecians. “I think if we are honest and the club being the way it is, it is two points dropped. I think we go into every single game expecting to win, hoping to win, and I think especially with that performance today it is two points dropped.” Fleetwood controlled large spells of possession in the game but could not find that crucial goal, and Barry thought it was a game that was won by defences. “There was two very good defences to be honest. I think both teams have got good players at the back, and I don’t think anyone particularly wanted to lose today. We wanted to stop our mini rut and for them a win today away from home is always a good point so that’s why I think both teams struggled to break each other down.” The 26-year-old played the full 90 minutes and was named the Man of the Match as he continues his recovery from a long-term knee injury, but he insists he has got a long way to go to get back to where he wants to be. “As we keep saying it is all about the team and Man of the Matches for me, it’s nice to be getting them after such a long time out, but I have still got a long way to go to getting back to being a star player in this league.” Looking ahead to the crucial week ahead, Barry says Fleetwood will be looking to take their impressive away record into the games as they look to break back into the top seven, and pile more misery on the teams fighting to save their football league status. “On paper people say that those teams down at the bottom can be easy, but when we come to this time of the year and they are fighting it can be a hard game. I think our form away from home this season has probably been better than our form at home so we will be going into those three games, with the size of the club we are, we will be looking to win them.”

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