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Barton: I can’t fault the lads’ endeavour

26 September 2020


Barton: I can’t fault the lads’ endeavour

26 September 2020

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Head coach Joey Barton spoke to the press after his side narrowly lost to AFC Wimbledon in a Sky Bet League One fixture at Highbury Stadium on Saturday.

Fleetwood Town finished off the month of September with a 1-0 loss to The Wombles, after Steve Seddon’s first-half goal settled the tie. Fleetwood Pressed throughout the game but couldn’t quite find a way through the Wimbledon defence.

In his post-match interview, he had this to say:

On the game…

“It was similar to last week really, albeit slightly different circumstances. I thought we dominated possession really without a real end product - I don’t think we tested their goalie enough. When you face a Glyn’s side, you know they are going to be difficult to break down.

“They came with a game plan which is to frustrate us, waste time at every opportunity which is a way of winning games and credit to them, they go back with three points today.

“It’s frustrating that we couldn’t find that equalizer and then maybe push on, but I can’t fault the lads’ endeavour, I thought we kept going right until the end. Tried to make some changes, I thought, again, it sounds a bit weird saying it, but I am about results and I am about winning as a human being. That’s what I’m about as a coach. “

On the squad:

“The front side of the team is very exciting, you look at the calibre of players, [Mark] Duffy, still to get fully fit, Barrie McKay coming in, he’s trained for one session, Ched (Evans) who needs a bit of support, who he usually gets from [Paddy] Madden, and I thought Josh Morris was superb today, I thought Josh really stepped up.

“I thought Callum Camps had a great start, with [Paul] Coutts and [Glenn] Whelan. We know the qualities they’ve got. We’ve got Sam Finley to come in, Jordan Rossiter, back on the grass, we saw him this morning, really excited about the energy he’ll bring. Young Jay Matete was pushing really hard for a start today and could come into contention for the Rochdale game.

“Behind that, we’ve got young lads learning on the trade and Danny Andrew and Wes [Burns] doing a role at full back. Really pleased to see how Alex Cairns has responded to the disappointment of the Wycombe play off game. I thought he was superb during the week on the Sky Cameras and it looks like we’ve got a better goalkeeper than what we had last season.”

Watch Joey’s interview on our iFollow HERE.

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