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Barton: There are lots of things to be pleased with

1 December 2020

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Head coach Joey Barton spoke to the press after his side lost 1-0 to Northampton Town at the PTS Academy Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Town seemed to be comfortable in possession for most of the game against Keith Curle's side but it was a corner just after the half-time break that was the difference as Cian Bolger rose highest to head past the rushing Jayson Leutwiler.

Barton's side stayed true to their playing style and continued to attack until the end but was unable to break down the defensively-oriented Cobblers on a cold Winter night in Northamptonshire.

Here's what he had to say:

On the game…

“It’s a strange one really when you’re so dominant in terms of control of the ball, control the way the games taking place but you need to score goals and we didn’t manage to do that.

“They got themselves in front with a set-piece and then I think they defended resolutely for the whole 90 minutes so you have to give them credit, an excellent team defence.

“When we did manage to find a ricochet, we didn’t have our goalscoring players dropping on it, and sometimes in football you do have nights like that.

“You can be lucky over the course of 90 minutes but I don’t think you can be lucky over the course of 46 games so we just have to keep believing in the processes as I say to the boys in there.”

On the performance…

“They played very well on a really difficult pitch and we just haven’t managed to score a goal and in essence, we’ve lost only one point because we didn’t score tonight.

“It wasn’t like we were in a position to win the game so it’s frustrating in that regard you can’t pick maximum points up but it’s one of those.

“You can’t complain about the style that we play with. The lads have done everything right apart from the most important bit which is to put the ball in the back of the net.

“We have to accept that we weren’t good enough to score a goal tonight but again, there are lots of things to be pleased with and a momentary lapse of concentration from a set play and someone gets away and credit to Cian Bolger, I thought he was outstanding tonight.”


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