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Barton on Town's victory over Doncaster

1 February 2020

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Fleetwood Town head coach Joey Barton on his teams 2-1 win against Doncaster Rovers on Saturday afternoon at Highbury Stadium.

Fleetwood took the lead in the match through their talisman Ched Evans. Harry Souttar doubled the hosts’ lead after the break to score his second goal of the campaign.

Niall Ellis grabbed a goal for Darren Moore’s side int he 55th minute, but it wasn’t enough to pull Doncaster back into the game on the Fylde Coast.

Here is what Joey had to say following the win:

On the game…

“It’s always nice to win games of football and I felt our performances in recent weeks have deserved more than what points we have taken out of those and it can be very frustrating. Players have to know there is a process in place and it’s about turning the draws we’ve had into wins.

“It’s important to do the basics right and I thought today we did them superbly and with that we scored two goals from set-plays. It wasn’t the best game of football due to the Fylde Coast wind, which was probably around 50-60mph winds, and that doesn’t help with momentum but we knew we needed to grind it out.

“Today we played against Doncaster who are a side who are above us in the league table and who are right up there in terms of the play-offs. They’ve been very consistent under Darren Moore and for us it’s really pleasing.

“I thought the fans today were excellent once again! They helped us get a valuable three points to get us looking back up the league table and putting us above our opponents today Doncaster.

“I am delighted for everyone today as it was an enormous effort. It has been tough but we were first class.”

On Ched Evans’ performance...

“In games you need your experience players to setup and I thought Glenn Whelan and Ched were excellent. Our skipper today Ched scored the first and he hasn’t got the break not scoring in the last few games but today he led from the front and put in a real leaders performance.

“I thought his all-round play was absolutely first class and it’s all good signs as we head into the month of February.”

On Lewis Gibson’s debut…

“He was in a back three today. There was a 19-year-old left-footed centre-half., a 21-year-old central defender and a 22-year-old right centre-half who I thought was superb. Lewis now gives us that left foot dimension and did superb on his league debut and he handled the occasion really well.”

On Town’s next opponents, AFC Wimbledon…

“There’s never an easy game in this league and every game has to be respected for the competition that we have in our division. The results we are seeing now, seeing the powerhouses this year getting momentum, but it’s up to us underdogs to keep plugging away and winning today goes a long way in terms of getting our momentum back again.”

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