Saturday, October 24, 2020

Barton: “We just had an off night.”

Must Read

Player Focus – Ben Hardcastle

Ben Hardcastle is very much a player playing at the very top of his game at the start of the 2018-2019 campaign. Hardcastle has...

Ask the Fans – Corey Cadby special

In this special edition of ask the fans, I'm focusing on the phenomenal start to life as a PDC professional of the 22-year old...

Ask the Public – Championship Darts Circuit special

The CDC team ???????? (Left to Right) David L Irete, Anthony Eugenia, Jeff Goode & Peter Citera. Pictured with Larry Butler. In my latest "Ask...

FEATURED | Daryl Gurney – Superchin’s Journey

Tom discusses the journey of the red-hot Northern Irish talent that is Daryl Gurney.
Tom Beresford
Sports journalist. Non-League football reporter. YouTuber, presenter, podcast host. Previously heard on FiveLive and Love Sport Radio. Managed by Epic Sports Management

Embed from Getty Images

Fleetwood Town boss, Joey Barton reacts following his side’s 4-1 defeat to Wycombe Wanderers at Highbury on Friday evening in the first leg of their Sky Bet League One play-off encounter, speaking to Sky Sports after the final whistle.

Barton’s side have it all to do on Monday evening as they make the trip to Adams Park, but Barton fully believes that his side can overturn the three-goal deficit.

“We just had an off night,” insisted Barton. “It was a big game for the lads, but Wycombe, to be fair to them, they got off to flier, a great strike from the boy. We then get back into the game and then we concede a goal that we shouldn’t concede and you just have to say that it’s a disappointing night.

“We’ve got a group of lads in there that have given me everything since the moment I walked into the football club, I told them before the game, they can’t let us down. We’ve had an off night, people will be disappointed with elements of the game tonight, but I’d prefer 4-1 tonight than 4-1 on Monday night.”

Barton went on to praise the opposition ahead of the second leg on Monday evening.

“Credit to Wycombe, I thought they were very good at what they did, caused us multiple problems and we have to dust ourselves down and get ready for an uphill task on Monday night to try and stop a very good team.”

With three goals scored in the opening four minutes of what was a frantic start to proceedings at Highbury, to say the least. Barton also paid homage to Alex Cairns, who pulled off a number of great saves, including a double-save to deny Jacobson from the spot.

“Two teams who were fairly closely matched before today, wanting to make a good, honest encounter. I haven’t seen the challenge back, it looked high and to concede a penalty and to lose a player is difficult but credit to Al [Cairns], he pulled off a couple of saves to keep us in it, it’s tough to talk about because you love those players – they give you everything they’ve got and we’ll be looking to bounce back on Monday, showing our character, showing what we’re about and if that gets us back in the tie then great, if it doesn’t, we’ve had a phenomenal season and come back stronger with the next opportunity.”

- Advertisement -

More articles


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

Latest News

My darts obsession: Richard Stanway

Richard Stanway, 33, is a darts enthusiast, originally from the West Midlands. Now, Richard is well-known across the darting universe for his...

Joe Davis: “What an overwhelming feeling.”

As the 2020 PDC Unicorn Development Tour campaign came to a close in Barnsley last weekend, in a shortened year for the...

Gerrard: “to concede two goals away from home makes it very difficult to win football matches.”

Following Rangers' 'frustrating' 2-2 draw at Easter Road against Hibernian on Sunday afternoon, the gaffer, Steven Gerrard admitted that it was a disappointing afternoon's work in terms of the result.

Adams’ first Saints goal stuns City

Che Adams scored his first Premier League goal in stunning fashion as Southampton battled through a Manchester City barrage to earn victory in a action-packed encounter at St Mary's.

Barton: “we’re still alive in this.”

Fleetwood Town boss, Joey Barton firmly beleives that his side can turn around their League One play-off semi-final against Wycombe Wanderers, despite losing the first leg 4-1 at Highbury on Friday evening.