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Barton: It’s important to get back to winning ways

12 December 2020

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Head Coach Joey Barton spoke to press after his side’s 1-0 away win at the County Ground against Swindon Town in Sky Bet League One on Saturday.

Barton’s side took the lead after Paddy Madden equaled David Ball’s goalscoring record in the EFL for Fleetwood, with the forward flicking the ball into the back of the net from a Josh Morris corner.

Here’s what the Gaffer had to say:

On the result…

“It was a hard-fought three points, it was important to get back to winning ways after a few tight defeats, I’m really pleased despite the fact I think we could have made it easier for ourselves but credit to Swindon they kept fighting.

“Our goal was straight off the training ground; the lads have worked on that routine in training the past couple of days and Josh (Morris) has whipped the ball into the box and Paddy (Madden) did what he does best.

“It’s nice to see Paddy (Madden) reach the goalscoring record, the Fleetwood faithful know just how much his goals mean to them and hopefully he can kick-on and score more to make that record even more difficult for the next man.”

On playing in front of a crowd again…

“It felt strange, it shows you how normalised having no fans in stadiums had become but I think everybody is delighted to have fans back in because the atmosphere can drive players on.

“Today was the light at the end of the tunnel to have some fans back in, it was nice to come here and win the game as they had the crowd and added advantage to take the points back to Highbury.

“We knew at some point during the game we were going to be under pressure as Swindon are fighting for their lives in the division and I thought our defence was brilliant which allowed us to get three points and a clean sheet.”


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