The manager of Fleetwood Town felt the draw was a fair result after both sides had spells up
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Fleetwood Town manager Joey Barton announced that he had challenged his side to respond to Sunderland’s performance in the first half.
And the former Newcastle United midfielder thought the Cod Army deserved a 1-1 draw when they met on Friday night – and wanted to win the game at the final whistle.
Charlie Wyke and Callum Connolly goals in the second half meant a game ended with few clear chances across the field.
« In the first half, Sunderland were the attackers and they pushed us back into our half and they dictated the game and owned us their territory.
“I had to challenge the guys at halftime because we’ve had a good run lately and we knew we had to gain a foothold in the game.
« We were brilliant in the second half, we set the tone and we put them back, but against the course of the game a boat jumped over the top between our defenses and there was some mix-up but appreciation to your boy he stole it from behind and finished it off. ”
The draw means that both sides stay tied in the premier league, seven behind leaders Hull City.
And Barton is excited that Fleetwood can now compete with the division’s big clubs like Sunderland.
« It is a big challenge to see how far we have come as a football club in terms of progress made – to play against teams like Sunderland, Ipswich and the like, » he added.
« Sunderland is usually defensively resilient, but it is thanks to our boys that we have never been disappointed or felt sorry for ourselves, but amid all the action you have another close target of the Camps season contender he might have his own competition at the end of the season a bit like a League One Matt Le Tissier.
« In the end, I thought we were the team that tried to win the game. We were unlucky. You’re talking about little old Fleetwood challenging the likes of Sunderland and disappointed that we didn’t take the maximum points away. « . ”
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