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Barton on Lancashire derby win over Accrington

24 August 2019

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Barton on Lancashire derby win over Accrington

24 August 2019

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Fleetwood Town head coach Joey Barton is delighted after his sides 2-0 win over Lancashire rivals Accrington Stanley on Saturday afternoon.

After a fast start to the match and plenty of chances falling Town’s way, it was Paddy Madden who opened the scoring for Barton’s men after a great move down the right wing.

New signing Ched Evans made it two from the bench after he slotted his penalty away in front of the Highbury faithful.

Barton’s Cod Army remain unbeaten on home soil and now look forward to trip to Sincil Bank to face newly promoted Lincoln City.

Here is what Joey had to say:

On the game..

“I am really pleased for the lads because I thought they were excellent all match. They deserved the clean sheet and maybe we could have had a couple more goals and put the icing and the cherry on top of what was a very good performance.

“Accrington went for it towards the end and that is the Accrington way. They are a good side and we knew we had to be on our metal but the sending off didn’t change the game and we then saw the game out and picked up the three points.

It has been a good start to the season, but it is only a good start so now it’s important we dust ourselves down and get ready for Lincoln next week.”

On Paddy Madden making it four in four…

“Paddy is on a fantastic run at the moment and you just know he is going to score goals when he is on the pitch. Paddy is always alive and that causes opposition defenders problems and it’s great to see a move pay off – as we’ve been looking at those pull backs to give him the opportunity to put the ball into the back of the net.

“Usually he works the goalkeeper, or creates chances and for me the most pleasing thing was that he got on the score sheet and has four goals in four games.”

On Ched Evans’ second debut for the club…

“Ched has worked really hard behind the scenes since coming back after a disrupted pre-season but that is just the nature of what happened at Sheffield United.

“A lot of credit goes to him and what he has done in that time and also whilst here with the Sports Scientists so that is pleasing alongside seeing him out there on the pitch.

“He is leaner than what he was last season and is quicker and that should mean he is more of a threat to our opponents. He was outstanding last year and I am looking forward to seeing our attacking line as the season gets going.”

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