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Barton ahead of Bristol Rovers clash

23 January 2020

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Fleetwood Town head coach Joey Barton spoke to the media on Thursday ahead of this weekend’s trip to Bristol Rovers.

The Cod Army will travel to the Memorial Stadium this Saturday to face Ben Garner's Rovers as they look to push towards the play-off places.

Barton’s side will be looking to get back to winning ways, after drawing 2-2 in their last game against Shrewsbury Town.

Here is what Joey had to say:

On Saturday's game…

“Bristol are a good side; they defend the goal fantastically well and it’s a really tough place to go. They’ve got a good crowd at Bristol so whether they’re on a good run or a bad run, it’s a tough place to go.

“It would’ve been an even harder place to go earlier on in the season, now they sit at the bottom of the form table and we need to be at our best because that’s League One. We need to turn up and be at our best if we do deliver our best, there are not many teams in the league that can match us.

“They’ve been successful playing a 3-5-2, but now the new manager has come in and now they try to pass the ball a bit more. It’s a good pitch at Bristol so they’re able to play a bit more”.

On squad selection…

“We’ve got a full complement of players to pick from again, everybody is okay after the Shrewsbury game.

“We’ve sent Nathan (Sheron) on loan to Walsall this week. He’s been unfortunate this season, when the chances have come, he’s not been 100% match fit, so we’ve had to try to find a place for him to continue his development.

On the January transfer window…

“We’re trying to get something done before the weekend, if that runs its natural course, we should have at least another player for Saturday’s game.

“We still have a bit of room towards the end of the window and it could go down to the last 24 hours of it. You’ve got to hold your nerve, I learned from experience last year it’s a bit like black Friday, some strange things can pop up.

“But were not going to just get anybody in, I’d rather develop one of our own players rather than one of somebody else’s youngsters, so we’ll see what quality presents itself, if it doesn’t, I’m happy with what we’ve got.”


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