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Joey Barton gets everyone talking revealing his tactics board which includes ‘inspiring’ messages

Joey Barton gets everyone talking on social media after revealing his tactics board which includes some ‘inspiring’ messages.

The Bristol Rovers manager posted a photo of his rather busy looking flipboard, showing what he said to his players ahead of their game with Sheffield Wednesday in midweek.

The match finished 1-1 at Hillsborough on Wednesday in what was an important and hard-fought point for the 14th placed side against the Owls who are currently third in League One.

Barton, who took his side up from League Two last season in his first full campaign in charge, saw his side fight back in the game thanks to a second half equaliser from Josh Coburn, a performance his side took many by surprise.

Following the game, the former footballer posted his thoughts on the game, alongside several photos.

Barton tweeted: ‘Another solid team performance. Nice to be in those arenas with our magnificent fan base. Thank you to all those who travelled.

‘Good team Sheff Wed and important for our group to go toe to toe with them. See you all Saturday. Safe journey home. Up The Gas!’

However, he posted something that rarely any manager does, showing his tactics board from the Rovers changing room.


The sheet of paper was covered with various plans, messages and motivational statements for his squad.

The very top of the board said in capital letters: ‘3 PTS AVAILABLE’.

His main instructions to his players involved ‘big start’, ‘turn them early’, ‘attack is best form of defence’, ‘squeeze space’ and ‘play in their half’.

The motivational messages to his side also included ‘show football courage’, ‘be brave’, ‘show the world tonight’ and ‘decide to be victorious’.

He also praised his side's performance in their 1-1 draw against Sheffield Wednesday

Further messages to his side includes the following ‘you’re unique’, ‘a one off’, ‘a true superstar’ and ‘show the world tonight’.

Barton also instructs his team to show ‘a collective bed of discipline – no reactions: expect mind games’ and pointed out it was ’18 of us vs 18 … their fans can’t help!’

The final plans which is shown to his players included a diagram which went ‘talking – encouraging – inspiring – uplifiting – psychological effects’.

Joey Barton gave an honest take on Bristol Rovers’ draw with Sheffield Wednesday after the game.

“A sucker punch conceding a goal when we did, but it shows the character of the players. We said to them at half time anything Sheff Wed did in the first half came from moments of ill-decision from us.

“When we executed and played and pressed how we wanted to, we caused them lots of problems. We would have been disappointed to go in at half time level, so to go in one down was a real sucker punch.

“But real credit to the players, they didn’t sulk, they didn’t feel sorry for themselves. They went out and attacked in the second half and I think we deservedly come out of here with at least a point.”

“We’ll be disappointed when we look back based on the quality of chances, but Belly [Belshaw] has pulled off three really good saves,” he continued.

“There were a couple in the first half, one enforced from Gibbo [Lewis Gibson] close to him, but there was the tip around the post early in the game and the save he makes in the second half quite late on up to his left hand is a fantastic save.

“We all know what a great goalkeeper James is and he’s been quiet of late in terms of we have limited the opposition to very few chances, but he showed his quality and all very good goalkeepers are there when required.

“We needed him at moments tonight and he was there for us.”

As mentioned, Joey Barton gets everyone talking after revealing his tactics board which includes ‘inspiring’ messages

@Oscar__SW: Clear of pep

@lewisjw15: Joey Barton talking about discipline hahahahaha

@Muirheed: Definitely spelt half wrong and had to add the L in after

@IsaacTombs5: What’s a fornard run?

@GaryColeman1988: Not bad English for a French lad

@Collins___101: Just a photo of every brexit phrase he could think of😂

@LiamDuncanson1: The massive diagram of clichés by Joey Barton. Only thing he’s missing is ‘we’re still in this’ and ‘game of two halves’

Highlights from Joey Barton’s tactics board:
1) The Clinton Cards motivational messages on the left: “You’re unique. A one off. A true superstar”
2) “Goalmouth Action” , with the clarification “none in ours” and “loads in theirs”.
3) “CAGE DOOR CLOSED” – bottom right

@PPetrov_FR: I really, really like this! 👍 Simplified, clear message with no overcomplicated tactics before the start of the game. People need to understand that tactical breakdowns are not done 30 minutes before kickoff. It’s not how it works.

@Jackobrfc999: Quite fascinating this 😂 simple in places but it seems to work. I am a fan of people mocking it for having no specific tactics.. as if you’d wait till half hour before a game to plan tactically 😂

@EamonMcGee: By the time I would read everything here the team bus would be pulling out to go home.

@WillyBristol: “Big start, turn them early, play in their half” Gets you on the front foot and in the right frame of mind from the start. Too many sides move the ball back, overplay, bringing pressure on themselves, confidence and momentum to the opposition

@BigJ1882_: Conte could learn a thing or two

@GingerJackP: Think we need an all or nothing bristol rovers 😂😂

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