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Barton's reaction to defeat at Lincoln

31 August 2019

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Fleetwood Town head coach Joey Barton has spoken following Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Lincoln City.

Barton side started off the match at Sincil Bank well, but ultimately lost the game courtesy of two Tyler Walker strikes in as many minutes, just after the half hour mark.

Strikers Paddy Madden and Ched Evans went the closest for Fleetwood in the second half, but Town return home without anything to show for their efforts.

After the game, here is what Joey had to say…

On the game…

“It was 35 minutes of dominance from ourselves and only one team was in the game. Ultimately we haven’t dealt with a cross as well as someone not communicating, the striker nips across and heads the ball home to give them the lead in the game that they didn’t deserve. Then straight from kick-off, they score again.

“Those two goals gave us a mountain to climb in the second half, and we absolutely battered them again and we haven’t managed to score. Our strikers have had multiple chances and not put away those which they would normally do easily, where their strikers have had minimal chances and scored. In the essence that is football.

“I can’t complain about the lads’ performance apart from that 90 seconds, but we know if we play like that we will win more games than we will lose.”

On the changes made in the second half…

“We made changes at half-time and wanted more goal scorers on the pitch as we were 2-0 down and we kind of went for it. We did everything today bar score and I think if we did get a goal back, they looked like they were gone and would look nervy – and from that we might have gone on to win the game.

“Ched and Paddy usually put the ball in the net and today was a rare occasion, and maybe not their day in front of goal. It’s football and Lincoln kept us out and scored the goals which gives them the three points.”

On bouncing back against Accrington on Tuesday in the EFL Trophy…

“There’s no time for us to sulk, we have a game on Tuesday against Accrington in the cup and then a league match against Oxford United on Saturday. I am pleased with the group in terms of how far we have come since I have been here and in the past we weren’t able to come away from home and keep the ball like we did today, so huge credit to the players.

“I am pleased with aspects, but disappointed with the result and I know if we turn up to games going forward and nine times out of ten you get the required result.”

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