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Barton reacts to victory over Shrewsbury

28 September 2019

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Fleetwood Town head coach Joey Barton has spoken to the media following his side’s 3-0 victory on the road at Shrewsbury Town on Saturday.

Barton saw his side climb to third in the Sky Bet League One table, after an own goal from Callum Lang, before second half strikes from Josh Morris and Paddy Madden.

Below are the key quotes from Barton’s post-match press conference.

On the performance…

“The second 45 minutes was really good and efficient, and in the first half they were probably a tad better than us. After we got the first goal, it settled us down. We adjusted a few things at half-time and I thought in the second half we were dominant.

“If anything we were a little unfortunate to not add more goals in the second half.

“The game was almost like a boxing fight really. We went into the open skirmishes and took what they had, with us playing into the wind. We paid the opponent respect and rode out the energy that they put against us on their own patch.

“We made subtle adjustments and it caused the opposition real problems. The desire to press the ball in the second half right throughout the team was first class. Our quality and smart pressure told, and that’s why we take three goals, three points and a clean sheet.”

On being clinical and taking chances…

“We were happy to sit against the wind in a low block and frustrate them [in the first half]. Unfortunately for them and fortunately for us, they spurned their chances when they were in the ascendency.

“You always know with us that we have goals throughout the team. With set plays now we have a real desire to score goals, along with the delivery into those zones which has been very good.

“We got a foothold in the game and then the quality of our play took over and it turned out to be a relatively comfortably afternoon.”

On substitute Paddy Madden’s wonder strike…

“You have to say a lot of work had to be done before the shot. Jimmy Dunne played a great ball with an out of this world touch from Wes Burns, who found Pad really nicely in the area.

“Pad normally only takes one touch so when he took the first one I was surprised, but the second one was a good as you’ll see.

“I’m really pleased for him because he’s frustrated as to why he’s not starting as all good players are, but he also knows that he will come into the game and be our game changer.

“It’s a real squad effort and I’m proud of the players.”


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