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Barton: “We just had an off night.”

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Tom Beresford
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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.”

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