Fleetwood Town boss Joey Barton believes his side are capable of doing something special this season.

The Cod Army are currently 4th in League One after a solid start to the campaign.

Barton, who took over at Highbury at the start of last term, has got them playing some attractive football and they are proving tough to play against.

Fleetwood take on Coventry City tonight and Barton has spoken ahead of the match, as per a report by Fleetwood Today: “We believe in ourselves as a group. I think there are many, many aspects of our game we can keep nudging and trying to get better in, but the pleasing thing is the fans are starting to believe.”

“You can hear the noise, the crowd getting behind the team, and we are building some momentum. We lost a bit of that against Ipswich (who won 1-0 at Highbury in Town’s previous match) but we learned a lot from it.”

Barton, whose side beat Burton 4-1 at home at the weekend, added: “We came back against a tricky Burton team, especially with the legs they have on the counter. I’m delighted but it’s only three points, and we dust ourselves down and have to recover quickly for a tough fixture at Coventry in midweek.”

My job is never to be happy, to keep pushing standards and keep demanding more as all the good managers did with me. They pushed me and pushed me, so I reached a level I didn’t think I was capable of. Sometimes you are the last one to see how good you can be.”


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