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Sunderland fans furious after what Joey Barton said about them following draw

Sunderland fans furious after what Joey Barton said about them following Tuesday night’s draw which saw Max Power equalise in the 97th minute.

The late goal cancelled out Barrie McKay’s early effort gave them the lead which looked certain to have given Fleetwood all three points to boost their chances for a place in the League One playoffs.

It is not unusual for Barton to make a dig towards the Mackems, and he started to annoy them by suggesting that they deliberately soaked the pitch before the game to stop Fleetwood playing.

Speaking after the game, Barton said: “I thought we were there.

“Six minutes stoppage time usually means six minutes stoppage time, but not today. We’re disappointed, but we dust ourselves down and go again.

“You have to give Sunderland credit – they kept fighting and pushing. The fanbase drive them on, and they got their rewards.”

He added: “We’re a miles better team than them.”

“They’re scared of little old Fleetwood town!”

“They celebrated like they’d won the World Cup final…”

Reflecting on his Newcastle playing days: “I loved my time with Newcastle,” he said. “I always enjoy the warm reception I get here, when I get off the coach and they say such kind words to me. It really warms the spirit! I appreciated all the fans coming over at the end to congratulate me, it was fantastic. We’re doing a great job with Fleetwood, and it was nice for the Sunderland fans to appreciate that!”

However, Barton also went on to talk about how disappointing he finds it to be taking on a Sunderland side in League One.

“Sunderland paid more for Will Grigg than our entire budget,” he said. “I love coming to caludrons of football, and this is certainly a cauldron of football, but it’s so sad to see them playing at the level they’re playing.

“I’m a mad Newcastle supporter and loved my time on Tyneside, but I loved coming here in the derbies. They were great occasions – mainly because most of the time we won.

“But on the whole they were great occasions because they’re proper football fans. I know I have my banter with the Mackems, but I’m a football fan at heart. I was a mad Evertonian as a kid, and I’m as passionate about football as the Sunderland fans are.

“I saw the documentary, which I thought was embarrassing on the football club. I thought it was more about Martin Bain than about Sunderland, which is sad because this is an incredible institution of football.

“I’m made up to come here 18 months into management and test myself. I’m four games unbeaten now against Sunderland and I’m delighted for that, but they shouldn’t be in this division. This club should not be in this division.

“It’s a massive football club and the North-East is a massive hotbed of football, and it’s sad to see they’ve only got one top-flight team.”

As mentioned, Sunderland fans were furious after what Joey Barton said about them, other users laughed at him winding them up…

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