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Barton: We’re starting to get a bit of confidence

15 December 2020


Barton: We’re starting to get a bit of confidence

15 December 2020

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Head coach Joey Barton spoke to the media after his side earned a point away from home against Portsmouth at Fratton Park on Tuesday evening.

Town managed to create some gilt-edged chances throughout the game but wasn’t able to get any of them past Craig MacGillivray – who received some recognition from Town’s gaffer for his performance on the night.

Here’s what Joey had to say:

On the result…

“We headed here on the back of going to Swindon on Saturday, travelling and getting no training in before the trip down here for another tough encounter at Fratton Park.

“We’ve kept two clean sheets, I think that’s three clean sheets in the last four, and picked up four points away from home in two tough fixtures which help keeps that momentum going.

“If we had won the game at the end there, it would have been a cherry on the top of a really good team performance.”

On the game plan…

“It was a really disciplined performance, we asked a few of the players who are more known for the attacking side of their games, to do a shift without the ball today because there are going to be times when you are pressured due to their quality.

“We’ve been free-scoring in some of the game this season, but you have to have some clean sheets and a solid defensive foundation to build off. In terms of Saturday, and coming into this game today, we’ve seen some really good signs of the foundation we're building.

“We’re starting to get a bit of confidence when it comes to coming to the big clubs in our division and giving good performances and, obviously, coming to Portsmouth, it was a good test against a team who are in a good run of form so it’s a good point.”

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