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Barton on Town's defeat at Coventry

23 October 2019

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Fleetwood Town head coach Joey Barton was left frustrated after his side lost 2-1 away at Coventry City on Wednesday night.

After Paddy Madden scored his 10th league goal of the season, Town had a number of opportunities to kill the game in the first half, but failed to make that pressure count.

Mark Robin’s side scored two goals in the second half to give the Sky Blues all three points at St. Andrews.

Here is what Barton had to say following the defeat:

On the game….

“If you don’t play for 90 minutes, then you don’t win football matches and that is why in key moments of the game, people were making decisions that ultimately cost us.

“It’s all good as well playing well for large parts of the match, but you have to see the job through and it’s never over until it’s over.

“We are disappointed as we should have put the game away and should have been gone due to the quality of chances that we had. In football, when you don’t take those chances, then you give the opposition a sniff. Credit to them, they responded and took the spoils.”

On the two goals conceded…

“Any goals aren’t nice to give away but you don’t mind it when it comes down to real quality from the opposition, but again we have to look back at the footage, but right now I don’t want to give an assessment of the goals until I have seen them back.

“It’s frustrating to give away a penalty, soft from us really but a young centre-half has made a mistake and you need to accept that they will do it. We will put that down to learning but for me, if we want to be success, win a title, we need to learn quicker than what we are.”

Looking ahead to MK Dons…

“This league is relentless, and on Saturday we have an opportunity to put it right. As I have said, we are frustrated in many aspects as we’ve come away empty handed, and that is not what champion teams do.

“I went to watch MK Dons against Rochdale and they will play 3-5-2 and it’s one I am looking forward too. We will have plenty of opportunities to cause them problems, and we will need to be on the front foot with the fans behind us.”

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