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Barton: "Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good in football"

12 March 2019

Fleetwood Town head coach Joey Barton spoke to the media after his side's 2-1 defeat at Coventry, and praised his teams performance and attitude after Saturday's match at Walsall.

Fleetwood Town came away from the Ricoh Arena very frustrated as it was a game where everybody connected with Fleetwood will be going home scratching their heads how they didn't pick up at least a point on the road.

The Sky Blues took the lead in the 6th minute thanks Amadou Bakayoko, and it was Welshman Ched Evans who equalised for Barton's side with a close range header after Paddy Madden’s deflected effort on goal hit the crossbar.

However, despite Town’s dominance, it was former Fleetwood man Jordy Hiwula who scored the winner with a great solo effort just before the break to give his side all three points.

Here are the best quotes from Barton’s post-match interview…

On the game and the performance…

“Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good in football, and for Coventry tonight that is the case. I wanted a response from the lads from their second half showing at Walsall on Saturday, and tonight I thought we were far the better side.

“It was a great goal from Jordy Hiwula to be fair to him and that goal ends up winning the game but apart from that we controlled large portions of the game and we will win more games than what we will lose if we play like that.

“It is disappointing because of the result again, and because we should have changed those into points that we should have had, and if we did that we probably sit here in the play-off spots.

"I thought Ched [Evans] led the line superbly tonight, I thought he was the talisman for the team and obviously, he got his goal. We want eleven captains out there and we've got to grow that. 

“We have Plymouth on Saturday and if the lads turn up and play like that, we will take all three points!”

On the reaction he asked for…

“There was some really good stuff on show tonight and we just couldn’t take our chances. Paddy Madden had one where it bounced up and hit his shin and had three others, he usually puts those away.

“Sometimes you just need that rub of the green and the key for us is that we have come to a stadium where the team are above us and absolutely pumped them, and that is pleasing for me, despite being disappointed not to take at least a point away.

“We were much the better side for large parts and that is football where you sometimes don’t get what you deserve.”

On the upcoming match against Plymouth Argyle…

“Saturday will see us play a game where we are in front of our home fans and we haven’t been great in front of them recently, but it’s important we start knocking these off.

“With two away games, you look at the six points on offer and I knew we were capable of winning those games, I knew we were capable of winning at Walsall, but tonight I saw a 90 minute performance.

“Nine times out of ten we see Alex [Cairns] kick that ball into the stands, but tonight it bounced off the attacker and goes into the goal, even though we were the better side.

“For me it is all about levels of performances and turning up and showing what Fleetwood Town are all about. Tonight we did that and we can go into the game on Saturday ready to put our run right.”


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