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Barton: On another day we could taken all the points

Boss reacts to Saturday's draw on the road at Charlton

25 August 2018


Barton: On another day we could taken all the points

Boss reacts to Saturday's draw on the road at Charlton

25 August 2018

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Head coach Joey Barton saw his side remain unbeaten in five matches after a goalless draw against Charlton on Saturday afternoon.

Fleetwood picked up a point against the Addicks at the Valley with both sides having great chances in front of goal, but it was to be a point apiece in the capital. 

Wes Burns went the closest for the Cod Army just before the half-time whistle but saw his effort blocked on the line by Patrick Bauer. Lyle Taylor did have the ball in the back of the net for Charlton, and as he went to celebrate, he saw the linesman’s flag up for offside.

Here’s what Joey had to say in his post-match press conference...

On the performance…

“It was a different performance today compared to the one at Scunthorpe on Wednesday, but you have to show them over the course of a 46 league game season.

“The lads deserve enormous credit because to a man, I think they were excellent today and probably with a bit more composure, or with a goalkeeper [Dillon Phillips] in less form, you take all three points away from The Valley; which is a difficult place to come.”

On the second clean sheet on the bounce…

“The two centre-halves Craig Morgan and Ash Eastham are starting to form a real good partnership now. We all knew about the leadership that Craig brings to the team, alongside his defending qualities on the pitch.

“He will hold his hand up and say he has been out for a season, but as time has gone on he is starting to show his ability and with Ash, we also know what he is about.

“To have those two in the back line, in that central areas when you come to places like this, is important for us.

“Let’s take no bones about it, Charlton are a very physical side and they’re going to get contact on the ball, and to be fair they caused us problems on set plays.

“We want to try and play a different way by getting the ball down, passing it around and using our pace. On the other side, you do have to defend your box on set plays and I thought we were game in those situations today.”

On the chances that fell his side’s way…

“Wes [Burns] has had a great chance, but it was good defending by the Charlton player. Ash Hunter went close with his header and from our view, we thought it had gone in but it was a good save by the keeper.

“We just needed that little bit more composure in the wily old fox Paddy Madden. I spoke to him and I’ve said that if he makes that decision and goes for goal, he has done that enough in his career and scored enough goals to make that call.

“Nine times out of ten he scores that chance, and when you look at the shift he put in for the team again, he was fantastic. The team deserve credit because it was a quick turn-around form the game on Wednesday.

“I thought we looked the stronger and fitter side today, even with a day less recovery – as Charlton played on Tuesday at home to Peterborough United – and that is a testament to my players.

“For me it was thoroughly enjoyable to keep a clean sheet, and on another day, we could have picked up all three points."

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