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Barton: We have learned an awful lot today

7 November 2020


Barton: We have learned an awful lot today

7 November 2020

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Head coach Joey Barton spoke to the press after his side's 2-0 loss to Hull City in the first round of the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday afternoon.

Barton - who was forced into two changes and finished the game with ten men through injury - saw his side go behind in the first half after Josh Magennis broke the deadlock, before Reece Burke’s header doubled Hull’s lead midway through the second half.

Here's what Joey had to say:

On the game…

“It was a weird game but we’re really looking forward to coming here in the league, it will be a different Fleetwood Town side and it will be a different Hull side but some of the passages of play and some of the things we are doing tactically it showed us something we haven’t done before and we have learned an awful lot today.

“The cup’s great, it’s a great, traditional showcase for every team the FA Cup, but in terms of the revenue streams this year, and the no crowds this year, and the fixture congestion this year, we always try and win every game but it wasn’t to be today.

“It’s disappointing to go out of the cup because it’s a magical competition but if there was a year, we would want to exit the cup early it’s probably this one.”

On injury concerns…

“Thankfully, Harvey (Saunders) is up and walking around although he doesn’t know what’s happened. I haven’t seen Ched (Evans) yet but he’s talking and stuff like that, so the result almost becomes secondary when it comes to players' welfare so hopefully, they’re both okay.

“Early signs are that they’re okay so hopefully that continues on into the night after they’ve been checked more thoroughly.

“I think he (Callum Camps) has just had a kick, I think he’s just been kicked on it so hopefully it’s not too bad Campsy, he’s just taken a whack on it and obviously with one eye on Sunderland on Tuesday and Bristol Rovers beyond that.”

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