Head Coach Joey Barton spoke to the press after Fleetwood Town’s 1-0 defeat to Accrington Stanley at the Wham Stadium,
Fleetwood started out the game the better side, as they were controlling possession in the middle of the park and creating a few chances through Barrie McKay but none of them found the back of the Accrington net.
Accrington’s Dion Charles broke the deadlock in the second half with a headed finish - after a close-range effort was saved by Leutwiler, the ball was played back across the area for the forward to head home.
Here’s what Barton had to say:
On the game…
“The chances fell to the right players, with [Paddy] Madden, [Josh] Morris, Barrie McKay and we just didn’t have that final bit. [Callum] Camps has been weighing in with the goals and Harvey Saunders and we’re waiting for the tried and tested goal scorers, [Ched] Evans, Madden, and Morris to start weighing in.
“At some point this season they’ll start to fill their boots and when they do that with the platforms, we’ve got everywhere else in the team I think we’re going to be a real force in the division so I’m not worried.
“I’m much happier as a coach standing there and watching the way our team played. I think we played the right way; we want to do the right things and if you keep doing that habitually, it’s inevitable that you’re successful.”
The season so far…
“We’ve always started the season well but when you see when you’re seeing and you see it’s a relatively new group and it’s getting put together and we’ve got other bodies to come in, players getting up to speed in terms of fitness and games it excites me about the coming fixtures.
“We’ve got to snap out of it and we’ve got to knuckle down, get back to working hard on the training ground off the back of that performance and results will come and if we play away from home Saturday and we’re as dominant as what we were in the first period and for shades of the second period then you’ll win more of those games than you lose.”
On the new signings…
“The sooner we can bed them in and get our team settled down the better. We had to go late in the window as you always do, I’d have preferred to have pre-season to work with them but when you see the quality that they possess on the ball it gives you great optimism for the future.
“I think when you look at the caliber of player, we’re able to attract and we’re doing that well within the salary cap it speaks volumes of where our football clubs headed. They come to the training ground, see the facilities, see the way we prepare on and off the pitch.”