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Barton reflects on the draw with Gillingham

2 March 2019

Joey Barton's side left Highbury Stadium on Saturday with just one point after their 1-1 draw with Gillingham in the Sky Bet League One fixture.

Fleetwood Town came from a goal behind to salvage a point against Steve Lovell’s Gillingham thanks to a stunning free-kick from left back, James Husband.

The Gills did take the lead midway through the second half with their top goal scorer Tom Eaves netting his 17th league goal of the season with a close range header, which beat Alex Cairns to nessle into the far post.

With one loss in their last five matches, and with results going their way with Blackpool losing and Doncaster drawing, Town still sit six points off the play-offs.

Here is what Joey Barton had to say after the 1-1 draw with Gillingham…

On the game and the performance…

“I am disappointed we never won the game but obviously due to the circumstances of going one goal behind late in the contest, you have to be pleased that the lads fought back and showed great character.

“There was a some quality from Hubby [James Husband] and from that we’ve managed to pick up a point, but the elements play their parts again where it was a game of two halves, one facing the wind, and one with the wind behind your back.

“In those situation you have to be patient and I did think we looked the side more likely to win and when they have a goal scorer in Tom Eaves, there will be problems but all in all, it was a good point.

“Having lost 3-0 down at their place earlier in the season, it would have been disappointing to not have picked up any points against them, and we’d have liked to have picked up more against them this season.”

On James Husband’s free-kick…

“I was surprised, but it was a really nice surprise. The free-kick suited the left footer and James [Husband] and Ged Garner are the two with that left foot on the pitch.

“Hubby [James Husband] managed to negotiate it into the top corner and I was delighted for that to earn us a point. We will learn lessons from this but we have to put teams away when we are the dominate side in the match.”

On the young bench and Ged Garner’s first appearance EFL appearance…

“Ged has quality and at some point you have to try the young players out. We have Nathan Sheron who started the game – who is an academy product. And with Ged, we put him on to help us go and win the match.

“He played a nice pass to James Husband, and almost took three points from that play so we delighted for him and his family. There’s a lot of hard work to do but he has worked hard to get himself to this position.

“It was a really young bench, they are learning their lessons and as a club, we need to produce our own players here.”


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