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Barton: Our boys showed great quality and character

12 September 2020

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Fleetwood Town boss Joey Barton spoke to the press after Saturday's 2-1 win over Burton Albion in Sky Bet League One.

Goals from Callum Camps and Paddy Madden earned the Cod Army all three points, despite John Brayford's equaliser for the visitors.

Here's what Joey had to say after the game:

On the result...

“It was a really competitive game, but we're delighted to take maximum points. It was a strange game really; I don't think I've seen the post and crossbar hit so many times in one game!

“When you're seeing so many chances come off the bar and cleared off the line, you think if you don't get those second and third goals against a competitive side like Burton, you expect them to keep coming at you.

“Our boys showed great quality and character to get that second goal and from then on I thought we were relatively comfortable, so really, really pleased – there was three points on offer and we took the maximum.”

On Madden being back on the score sheet…

“It's what he does isn't it (score goals), he's been top scorer for the last two seasons here and after being suspended from last campaign you want to get him in the team.

“He gets goals, he's probably a tad unfortunate not to get another just after, but with Paddy and goals, it almost makes a perfect sentence."

On Sam Stubbs and James Hill…

“I thought Hilly had earned his place in the team on merit based on the first two games, Harrison Holgate was unlucky to drop out but we just felt we needed a little more senior experience in.

“To be fair, Stubbsy hasn't played a full 90 minutes all pre-season but I thought the pair of them did really well today.

“I thought for an 18-year-old making only his second league start, young James Hill was immense today and that should give them both enormous confidence going into the rest of the season.”

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