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Barton: We need to go out and execute our plan at Doncaster

5 October 2018

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Fleetwood Town head coach Joey Barton spoke to the press ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet League One match against Doncaster Rovers.

Barton’s side have played two home games on the bounce and picked up one point on Tuesday night against Wycombe Wanderers, with Paddy Madden getting his fourth goal of the season in the one all draw. 

Town travel to South Yorkshire to face Grant McCann’s side – who currently sit third in the Sky Bet League One table – and will look to continue their fine away form, which has seen the Cod Army pick up wins at Oxford and Scunthorpe, with draws at Sunderland and Charlton.

Here are the key quotes from Joey’s press conference…

Barton on this weekend’s opponents…

“Doncaster are a side that were in the Championship not so long ago and I know come Saturday, it will be a level playing field and when the eleven walk out onto the pitch, it is a level playing surface and I think Doncaster are a good side.

“It is an exciting time here at this football club and I am at my best when I know what is going on and there is a lot of work going on.

“Grant McCann’s side will play different to Wycombe in terms of style and every side has their strengths and weaknesses. I think I have found an opportunity for us to go there and cause them problems, but we still need to go out and execute that on the pitch.”

Barton on the culture change at the club…

“We are in the middle of this process at the football club, with one being a huge change in the style of play.

“There’s a fundamental difference in the way we are trying to play and the style of football is changing. We have personnel in this team that suit a back three and for me that isn’t the way I would line my side up.

“Some players are in that process of change and their habits and routines will need to adapt for us as we move forward in this league. In a 46 game season, we will get that settled side and for us we need to make sure we earn it.

“I have the backing of the players, the staff and also the chairman, and the fans will need to be patient with it because they’ll see better football than in recent years."

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