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      Joey Barton hails ‘proper’ performance as Bristol Rovers ‘stops the bleeding’ against Ipswich

      ByMonelo Gabriel

      Feb 14, 2023

      Joey Barton said he was “proud” of his Bristol Rovers players as they “stopped the bleeding” of a four-game losing streak with a 0-0 draw against promotion-chasing Ipswich Town at the Mem on Tuesday. .

      Ipswich dominated possession and had 21 tries, but Rovers handled the game expertly to limit the Tractor Boys to very few clear chances, and the Gases came closest to a breakthrough when Scott Sinclair’s opportunistic effort from close range hit the angle of the post and crossbar. before being packaged.

      Gas remain 14th in League One after picking up their first point since victory at Cambridge United on 7 January, but head into Saturday’s clash against Burton Albion buoyed by a commendable performance and result against Ipswich, fourth ranked.

      “There were a lot of positives to take away from the game in terms of our defensive performance,” Barton said. “It was right, it’s what we’ve been looking for.

      “I felt after the game on Saturday (the loss at Lincoln City), in the midst of that losing battle and the adversity of things going against us, I felt that some offshoots really started to emerge and seeing the character in those moments is key.

      “Tonight, you’ve seen them grow even more. I thought there were some really good performances and it would be unfair of me to single out one individual because it was a true group and team effort. We haven’t won again, but I’ve managed to stop the bleeding. against a very good side.

      “You can only be proud as the coach of the players. In adversity, to go into the stadium with what’s going on in terms of the results profile against a team that is chasing promotion and to stick to the game plan the way they did I’m very happy for the group and very happy for the football club”.


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