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Barton on the win, the fans and the spirit within the town

22 February 2020

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Fleetwood Town head coach Joey Barton spoke to the media after his side picked up their fifth win in a row with a 1-0 victory over Kenny Jackett's Portsmouth.

Barton and his Cod Army made it five wins from five after the win over promotion hopefuls Portsmouth at Highbury.

Callum Connolly scored the all-important goal in the 12 minute of the game, making it two in as many games for the midfielder on loan from Everton.

Here is what Barton had to say following the win:

On the fans and the buzz around the town...

“The lads have given me and the coaching staff everything since day one. The players are feeding off the energy inside the stadium and it now looks like the whole town are believing.

“George had his shirt off getting the fans at it and with the drums going and Wayne Bibby doing his bit by getting the fans going in the Parkside, and it just goes to show that there is a real unity in the club and also on and off the pitch.

“We were walking around the town last night, and everyone we saw was excited for the match and with this, the players will feel it. The staff are feeling the buzz too and on the pitch, you can see the players using that. We must continue with the great energy around the club and keep the belief going, because for us to beat Portsmouth, it makes me so proud!”

On the conditions…

“I thought we were excellent in all areas today, especially given the conditions and I thought it was slightly winder than last week and we did think the game could be called off. We were desperate for the game to be on as we knew we had a chance to beat them.

“The pitch today probably suited Portsmouth rather than us as they sometimes play for the second balls and are built for the physical encounter and if you said you wanted a contest on it, it would be massively in their favour.

“You have the play the conditions and I thought today in the second half, when the wind was blowing into our goal, we handled their physically superbly and tad unfortunate not to add to our goal tally.”

On the running streak…

“We are that stage where we are thinking, who is next? We got to Sunderland on Tuesday night with nothing to lose and absolutely everything to gain. When you have the team we’ve got, when you have the unity that we have got running through the football club, you embrace those challenges.

“As a group we know we won’t win all those challenges, we are sensible enough to know that but it’s the way and the manner in which we go about it, and as I say, I have never come in and said the lads have not tried, or gone in hard for each other.

“We’ve never lacked effort and I think you want your team to embody that spirit in the town. I read an article in ‘The Gardian’ about Fleetwood and the history of the place and this town is a town of fighters! It’s a town that won’t lie down, it’s a town that won’t turn on its own and this town really live up to that!”


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