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Barton: We are capable of going to Peterborough and taking all three points

22 October 2018

Fleetwood’s head coach Joey Barton believes his side has what it takes to take all three points at Peterborough United on Tuesday night, especially with games coming thick and fast.

Town didn’t get the result they wanted at the weekend, but with two games in the space of five days, there’s now the chance for Barton and his side to bounce back and get back to winning ways.

Steve Evans’ Posh lost at the weekend at home to Accrington Stanley, and Barton knows it will be fine margins that decide games in this league throughout the season.

“We aren’t a million miles away from the teams at the top of the league”, said Barton.

“Portsmouth beat us 1-0 at the weekend and I would have no fear about playing them at our place next time around. Accrington have been to Peterborough and won which now sees them sit third in the league table.

“It is a tight league and it is the fine margins that decide games like these. I do know that we need to have a positive performance against Peterborough, so let’s roll on!”

Fleetwood’s right back Nathan Sheron saw red at the weekend which will mean the 20-year-old misses out at the ABAX stadium, however the boss stated that he has the group of players to come in and perform at this level.

Barton added: “We’ve had a settled back line for back to back games and now we will have to change that because of Nathan Sheron’s red card against Portsmouth.

“We will adjust, but we have the bodies in this squad and players who are capable of coming in and performing at that level, so the games come thick and fast, let’s roll on Peterborough!

“The lads are desperate to play and we don’t have players who are happy to pick their wages up and not play football. It’s a testament to the players we have here at Fleetwood Town.

Town fans would have been happy to see Ched Evans back in the side of Saturday, and with other players like James Husband not too far away, there’s more competition for places at Highbury Stadium.

“With Ched Evans we have to be careful with him and with that niggle, we need to look after him but he seems to be ahead of schedule.

“He wants to be on the pitch and play, but we need to be careful. It would be ideal to get him in the pitch against Peterborough as he is our top goal scorer, and is an impact player who brings a lot to the team.

“James Husband is out running and is probably pushing for a place against Blackpool, but we will monitor him as Peterborough is too soon. I think he wants to play against Blackpool, however wanting to play and playing are two different things.”


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