Joey Barton spoke with the media ahead of Fleetwood Town’s Emirates FA Cup second round tie at Guiseley on Monday evening.
The Cod Army will be in front of the BT Sport cameras as they aim to secure a place in the third round for just the third time in the club’s history.
See the key quotes from Joey’s interview below…
On the threat that will come from Guiseley and what to expect on Monday night…
“They’re a good side, obviously they’ve taken a league scalp in Cambridge last time out. We’ve got to be on our mantle and be ready for what the game brings. There will be a number of things to factor in from the pitch, to the TV being there and that underdog feeling around the FA Cup.
“For us it’s about being professional and preparing for it the best we can. The reality of it is, Guiseley will need us to have an off day and they’ll need to play close to their maximum in order to progress, we know that. We’re just intent on controlling what we can control. I’ll prepare the team exactly the same for Guiseley as I would for Manchester United.
“They deserve the respect, they’re in the cup on merit, if you do have that little bit of complacency anywhere, the FA Cup can have a nasty habit of leaving you with egg on your face. The intent from us will be to go there and process into the third round of the cup, but we’ve got to be mindful that this is an FA Cup tie, we’ve got to be fully professional about it.
“They can play a 4-3-3 at best and sometimes it’s a 4-5-1 when they’ve not got the ball. They’ve obviously got strengths and weaknesses, they key for us will be to try and take advantage of that in terms of team selection and tactics. The next couple of days will be preparing for them.
“They will be trying to navigate round what we have in our team because we’ve got some good players, but we will pay them professional courtesy, we’ll have a structure and a strategy in place. They’re going to have lots to deal with in terms of our personnel on Monday night.
“We will be as professional as we can but at the same time we want to be in third round of the competition, because we are a side that wants to test ourselves against higher level opposition.”
On his first six months in management…
“It’s been an eye opening experience, it’s been everything I thought it would be and more. There’s been lots of things that I’ve come across that I didn’t think I’d have to deal with.
“The reality of the job has been working out the things that I really like doing and I didn’t realise how much I like getting on the coaching side. Sometimes you can’t always do it because there are a million things that go on in this job. It can eat into your time and eat into your mental and physical energy.
The ability to sit here and be a bit clearer in terms of what my role is in the ecosystem of Fleetwood Town is key. The picture of where my strengths are is becoming clearer all the time. I don’t think as a coach you do get absolute clarity because you always think if you could do more or do things better.
“I think we’re progressing nicely and the most pleasing thing for me is seeing players take on small adjustments to their game and then you see their performance levels improve. That is really pleasing to see for me and obviously a bi-product of that is getting the results.
“There is nothing better than a football club when you’re winning because it’s always a happier place.”