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Barton: We’ll be back stronger

3 October 2020

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Head coach Joey Barton spoke to the media after his side lost 2-1 to Rochdale at the Crown Oil Arena on Saturday afternoon.

Matthew Lund broke the deadlock for Rochdale in the first half, before substitute Harvey Saunders came on and levelled the game up with 12 minutes to go.

Unfortunately, a bobble took a cross away from Alex Cairns and Fabio Tavares prodded home to secure all three points for the home side.

Here’s what Joey had to say after the match:

On the result…

“It’s a kick in the teeth because there’s only one team who was looking likely to win that in the second half. On the balance of play, you’ve got to keep the back door closed when you’re trying to win a game.

“[Alex] Cairns made a hell of a save just before the final goal - I thought we might have got away with that one. Al’s got a bobble in-front of him and their lads there to carry it into the net, disappointed but back to the drawing board.”

On the squad’s attitude…

"When [Paul] Coutts came on second half, I thought we got more platform, more purchase and we progressed through the chains which lead to getting the equaliser and then you go can we go and win it.

“It’s frustrating but you just have to go back to what serves you well which is hard work and application in training. You need a bit of luck sometimes to get as good as you possibly could be, but look we’ll be back.

“We’ll be back stronger - we’re keen on getting back to winning ways and we’re going to pick a team on Tuesday night that can beat Aston Villa and then an inform Hull City on Friday.”

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