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Barton: We were the side who tried to win the game

27 November 2020


Barton: We were the side who tried to win the game

27 November 2020

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Head coach Joey Barton spoke to press after his side was held to a 1-1 draw against Sunderland at Highbury Stadium in a Sky Bet League One fixture.

Barton’s side - who were full of confidence after beating Plymouth 5-1 last time out - continued a recent unbeaten streak after Callum Connolly’s goal cancelled out Charlie Wyke’s header for the visitors in a hard-fought draw against the Black Cats.

On the match…

“I think on reflection that is probably the right result, in the first half Sunderland were the aggressor and they were pushing us back into our half and they dictated the game and owned their territory to us.

“I had to challenge the lads at half-time because we have been on a good run of late and we knew we had to get a foothold in the game.

“Second half we were brilliant, we set the tone and we had them pinned back but against the run of play a punt over the top has bounced in between our defence and there has been a bit of a mix-up but credit to their lad he has nicked in behind and finished it away.”

On reacting to the opposition’s game plan…

“It’s a huge charter to see how far we have come as a football club in terms of the progress made - to be able to play teams like Sunderland, Ipswich, and the like.

“Sunderland are normally defensively resilient, but credit to our lads we never got disappointed or felt sorry for themselves, but in the midst of all of the action you have got another near goal of the season contender from Camps, he could have his own competition at the end of the season a little bit like a League One Matt Le Tissier.

“In the end, I thought we were the side who tried to win the game, we were unlucky, you speak of little old Fleetwood challenging the likes of Sunderland and being disappointed that we haven’t taken away maximum points.”

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