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Barton reflects on the match against Gilingham

14 December 2019

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Barton reflects on the match against Gilingham

14 December 2019

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Fleetwood Town head coach Joey Barton spoke to the media following his sides 1-1 draw against Gillingham on Saturday afternoon.

Barton saw his side take a share of the points home after Alex Jakubiak late equaliser cancelled out Paddy Madden 16th goal of the season.

The Cod Army had chances to extend their lead after the opener, but Morris and Burns missed glorious chances inside the 18-yard box.

Below are the key points from Barton’s post-match interview…

On the game...

“We expect five or six games like that in the season at Fleetwood, especially when the wind gets going and howls around Highbury.

“I challenged the lads at half-time to improve on the first-half’s showing. It was quite difficult playing in those conditions, but I thought in the second half we were superb.

“We should have won the game really, and in reality, they had very little opportunities in the match, and I thought we got a little bit naive.

“It feels like two points lost rather than a point gained, but judging from the results today, everyone can beat teams so we just need to bounce back next weekend.

“I am disappointed not to win the game today but I thought it was a much improved performance. It sets us up nicely now for a very difficult encounter at Rotherham next weekend.”

On a different setup…

“Steve Evans’ sides play two up top and with a diamond in midfield. They get the ball from back to front relatively quickly.

“They don’t really create much themselves, they create from your mistakes and they are very effective at it, and that is why they have points on the board, and why they’ve beaten the teams they have.

“We decided today to have a different strategy on the whole. In the first-half I don’t think we executed it well enough, but in the second half, we were much better at it.

“That got us into the game and into the lead, and then you expect our team to close it out. It is disappointing but also, it is another point on the board. We are up to 30 points in 18 games now, and we are right where we need to be."

On the upcoming months…

“We are a team in motion and we are a side which is growing day by day.

“I thought that the lads did enough today to get three points, but unfortunately the footballing gods didn’t quite rewards us with that. It is going to be that kind of campaign where three points are incredibly valuable as they are in any league and any season.

“There is lots of work to do. I feel that the games in hand situation makes it a bit strange because most teams have played a game or two more and it skews the table a little bit.

“In this league, if you don’t take care of business you can find yourself in a difficult situation. The picture is clear but I can’t ask for anymore from the lads. They turn up every week and compete.”

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