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Barton on the win over Burton

19 October 2019

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Fleetwood Town head coach Joey Barton spoke after his side picked up all three points against Burton Albion.

A second half hat-trick from Paddy Madden, along with a Ched Evans strike in the opening half secured the points for the Cod Army.

It was a game where one side took their chances in the match, a pleasing sight for Barton, who know will rally his troops together for their midweek game against Coventry City at St Andrew’s.

Here is what Barton had to say in his post-match interview:

On the game…

“I am pleased with many aspects of the game, especially with the front two, Paddy Madden and Ched Evans. One got a hat-trick and an assist, with the other getting the other goal and I thought some of the service was top quality.

“At half-time, we asked some of the lads to do some of the things we were practicing in the week in terms of the areas of the box we wanted the ball going, as we felt we had runners in there. We executed that superbly in the second half.

“Wes [Burns] has put a great ball in the box for Paddy to get on the end of and then find Ched [Evans] who then goes on and scores. Then in the second half, Lewie Coyle put in a great cross along with Wes to pick out Paddy.

“We gave them a lifeline just before the break. I thought it was a foul in the build up but we just need to clear the ball. We had to adjust a few things but fair play to the lads who came out in the second half and made it a comfortable win.”

On Madden’s hat-trick…

“Paddy has been pushing hard for a starting place and as a coaching staff, we felt that there was an opportunity for us to run on the inside of their full-back and cause problems for them and we certainly delivered on that.

“That is why ultimately we went on to get four goals in the match and the three points today!”

On the support from the Cod Army…

“Our support is growing! The fans appreciate the effort of the players and are starting to realise we are developing momentum in the building.

“It’s one game at a time and we have another on Wednesday night and that is our focus. We won’t get carried away with ourselves as there is a long way to go in this division, but as of today, we’ve made a good start, and it’s only a start.”


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