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Barton delight after picking up three points

Boss reacts to first win in charge at Oxford

11 August 2018

Joey Barton saw his side pick up all three points as they defeated Karl Robinson’s Oxford United 2-0 on Saturday afternoon.

A first-half strike from Ched Evans gave the Cod Army the lead at the break, with Paddy Madden madding the game safe in second half injury time, finishing from the penalty spot. 

See below the key quotes from Joey’s post-match press conference.

On the match…

“It was just really pleasing to see what the guys have been working on in pre-season, and after being disappointed with the performance and the result last weekend, we flipped it around today.

“We went back to the structure we worked on for five, six weeks and the lads worked hard today and kept their shape and made it difficult for Oxford at times.

“What we do have is superb quality in our side with Ched Evans, Ash Hunter and Wes Burns, and then we had players who also came off the bench too.

“The most enjoyable thing for myself and Clint Hill is the clean sheet. You have to defend your box and that is really pleasing alongside the real team performance.

“I am delighted for the lads. I expected to win the game and it’s always nice when that goes to plan.”

On being solid defensively...

“We made changes and that saw Wes [Burns] come on for Bobby Grant, [Paddy] Madden for Ched [Evans] and it is always nice when your substitutes pay off with Wes winning the penalty, and Paddy putting it away.

“Nathan Sheron also got his first league start – and also becomes the first player ever to come through the club’s academy to take part in an EFL fixture – and I bet it will be a proud moment for himself, and for his family. He did fantastic in the midfield.

“It’s hard to single out individuals, because it was a team performance.”

On Ched Evans getting off the mark in the league…

“It is always nice to see the strikers getting on the score sheet, and Paddy Madden is similar in terms of that as well.

“I thought his performance was superb and he really put in a shift for the team. It was the cherry on top of the cake for him and all strikers love scoring goals.

“Kyle Dempsey could have got himself a goal today, and on another day he probably does, but the leg seemed to have given away on him as I expected the net to ripple."


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