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Barton reflects on draw against Wycombe

20 August 2019

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Fleetwood Town head coach Joey Barton spoke to iFollow after his side left it late to earn a point against Wycombe Wanderers.

Barton wanted a reaction from his players after Saturday’s defeat, and got that on Tuesday night when his side fought back to earn a point against Gareth Ainsworth’s side.

With being a goal down in the second half, it was Paddy Madden who struck late to score his 100th EFL goal of his career, which lead to Town’s equaliser late on.

Here is what Joey Barton had to say after the match:

On the game against Wycombe…

“We are the side who started off the game wanting to win it from kick-off. I love Gareth, he is a top guy and I love what Wycombe stand for as a football club, but they came for a point.

“They will be disappointed not to take all three, but I thought we at least deserved a point on the balance of play and with our chances. We probably don’t come away disappointed because of the manner of the game.

“For the boys to fight back and get in the game, and then go on to try and win the game, says an enormous amount about the character we have in our dressing room.

“It’s disappointing not to pick up all three points at home, but Wycombe are a good side and it’s another point on the board for us.”

On the spirit shown by the lads…

“I asked the lads for a response following Saturday’s game and I felt we got that. The factors that conspire against you, you obviously need to make changes and I thought the lads who came off the bench, Ash Eastham – who saved a shot after Gilks parried it onto the post – and he showed great awareness and readiness to play.

“Ash Hunter came on in that left wing back position and does what he does best by delivering the ball that leads to the equaliser and Paddy slots it away.

Also, when we get an injury to Jack Sowerby early in the game, then Conor McAleny had to come off and get his ankles jabbed and strapped up so fair play to him for showing that desire to help his team mates out when we had used all our substitutes.”

On Madden’s 100th EFL goal…

“Madden got his 100th EFL goal tonight and if there are any young strikers out there, they need to see his goal back because he gets in between the two defenders, then gets his first header on target – which was a good save from the keeper, but then as all good strikers do, he follows up and scores, and to score 100 league goals is no mean feat”


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