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Barton looks ahead to Rotherham

19 December 2019

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Joey Barton spoke to the media on Thursday ahead of this weekend’s trip to Rotherham United.

The Cod Army make the journey to South Yorkshire for their final game before Christmas, knowing that a win could take them into the top six in League One.

Barton’s side have won three out of their last four games away from home in all competitions, and will looking to continue that run on Saturday against The Millers.

Below are the key points from Joey’s press conference at Poolfoot Farm:  

On Saturday’s game…

“It’ll be a tough encounter against a side, that when the fixtures come out you know will be there or thereabouts.

“The expectation for Rotherham will be to get promoted at the first attempt because they certainly have the infrastructure and capabilities to do that. So, we’ll have to be on our game Saturday to make sure we can give ourselves maximum opportunity to cause an upset if we win.

“They have some real quality performers who, on their day, can cause you problems. They’ve got lots of talented players who played in the Championship last season, so we go there, and want to compete and give a good account of our town and football club.

“If we win there it’ll propel us into the top six and make everyone sit up and take notice. For our lads there’s no pressure because everyone expects Rotherham to beat Fleetwood at home.”

On the busy Christmas fixture run…

 “We’re going to go into a period now where its game after game, and if you can get a mind-set of win, win, win it’s amazing how quickly a streak can be put together.

“For us the focus will be on the next game, the belief for us will be we can win at Rotherham on Saturday, then we can win at Rochdale the week after, Bristol Rovers the week after, because that’s our mind-set. With our team and our mind-set every game is winnable.”

On the community visits earlier in the week…

“For us to get out in the local community and spread some festivity, by showing them that were thinking about them at this time is great. I think as a community based club it is the correct thing to do and I think the lads will have got a lot out of that.

“For me as a coach it was great to see the excitement. It was a great afternoon and something that really anchors the club as part of the community environment in Poolfoot.”


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