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Joey Barton after narrow Peterborough loss

19 September 2020


Joey Barton after narrow Peterborough loss

19 September 2020

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Head coach Joey Barton spoke to the press after his side’s narrow 2-1 defeat to Peterborough United at the Weston Homes Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Fleetwood – who went into the game on a four-win streak – struck first, taking the lead through Callum Camps just before the hour mark, but two injury-time goals from Jack Taylor and Sam Szmodics saw the Cod Army head back to the Fylde Coast empty-handed.

In his post-match interview, here is what he had to say:

On the game:

“I’m clearly disappointed. At 90 minutes, the games over and we thought we were travelling back to Highbury with a well-deserved three points as we were controlling the game.

“We were the best football team and played them off the park. They’ve scored two goals in stoppage time, and credit to them, they’ve kept going for the manager.

“It's cost us a bit of momentum but also, we have to take a good, long, hard look at ourselves and make sure we learn those lessons.”

On the squad…

“We got Mark Duffy on his first appearance, he could only get 60 minutes due to his fitness levels, but I thought he conducted the game superbly and we’ll be absolutely fine.

“I’ve got an 18 and a 21-year-old playing their third game for us at centre-half. They’ve shown me enough quality today.

“We’ve got a few irons in the fire and we’re hoping to get some of those over the line in the next couple of weeks and once we do that I think we’ll be in good stead to crack on and attack the rest of the season.”

On the upcoming Everton game…

“It’s an emotional one for all of the things that you look for as a child. I’m just wanting the lads to enjoy it and to give a great account of themselves and hopefully, we can give Everton a run for their money.

“We’ve got a tough challenge; it would be nice to have our fans in the stadium but obviously can't do that. Hopefully, on Wednesday night, we give a good account of ourselves and then head into a tough fixture at home against Wimbledon.”

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