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Barton: We were thoroughly deserving of the three points

14 November 2020

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Head coach Joey Barton spoke to the press after his side beat Bristol Rovers 4-1 in a Sky Bet League One fixture at the Memorial Stadium.

Barton’s side – who played ‘biblical’ conditions in Bristol - managed to come away with all three points after putting four goals past The Gas in a clinical performance.

Here is what the gaffer said after the game:

On the result…

“I thought we were thoroughly deserving of the three points. I was a little bit disappointed that we only went into half-time two up as I thought we could’ve had a penalty when [Paddy] Madden went through but we were probably a bit guilty of not testing the goalkeeper more.

“We expected a response at half-time from the opposition as they put up a good fight but credit to them, they defended well at times and they got their goal which gave them some confidence, but we had the quality to deal with it as I think 4-1 is a fair reflection between the distance between the two sides.”

“To climb Everest, you need a full squad and everyone knows their duty in this team to perform when they’re the ones selected or not. Hopefully, over the next couple of months, the squad can emerge and create a real promotion push which we know we are capable of.”

On the conditions of the match…

“It was strange, the rain was almost biblical at times, it’s a credit to their ground staff the pitch held up really well regarding the deludes that came down multiple times.

“We’re used to the rain on the Fylde Coast we do get all different types of weather back in Fleetwood however weird and wonderful it sometimes maybe, but you just have to stick to trust your principles and I think our performance nullified that, it was a really commanding performance.”

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