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Barton on loss at Blackpool

7 December 2019

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Fleetwood Town head coach Joey Barton spoke to the media following his sides 3-1 away defeat in the Fylde Coast derby on Saturday afternoon.

Despite Town having their chances, Liam Feeney, Sullay Kaikai and Armand Gnanduillet put Blackpool 3-0 up, before Conor McAleny fired in a low effort past Jak Alnwick.

Town put the pressure on towards the end of the game, with Josh Morris and Danny Andrew forcing smart stops from the Blackpool goalkeeper. Paddy Madden also hit the crossbar on an afternoon pn a day that just wasn't to be Fleetwood's.

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

On the game…

“I thought it was a scrappy occasion. The team in this game who scored first was always going to have a huge advantage, however I thought on the balance of play in the first half, we were in their half for majority without really testing their goalkeeper.

“Blackpool had two ventures into our half and managed to score one of those with the ball pinballing around our box, and sometimes in these games you need a little bit of luck.

“In the second half we came out with a plan and they get a free-kick. It was never a foul on James Husband – there was no contact and from there it was a good finish from Kaikai. We are disappointed with that and the build up to the third goal because we thought there were foul o us, but there’s no point in crying about it.

“What’s important now is that we dust ourselves down and get ourselves ready for a tough encounter next weekend against Gillingham.”

On the plan in the second half and McAleny’s goal…

“We never carved out enough chances today and after coming in at half-time to readjust and swap the wingers around to have a different look but two or three minutes later, we conceded a goal.

“Blackpool were organised today, they sat in a low block and were difficult to break down and at that point we needed to show some fight here.

“It was a really good finish from Conor McAleny, and then we had a great chance that hit the bar, but you just can’t give those types of goals away in matches.

“Really disappointing as we couldn’t get that first win at Bloomfield Road, but we will come back much stronger.”

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