Joey Barton's pre-match view will surprise Sunderland supporters ahead of Fleetwood Town clash

Joey Barton says Sunderland are the 'best side' Fleetwood Town have faced at Highbury - and claims it won't be a disaster if they lose at the Stadium of Light.

“Sunderland are a top side, I think they are the best side we’ve played here.

“We struggled to break them down in both games but it’s a free game for us.

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“We’ve taken 15 points out of 15, and even if we lose at Sunderland it isn’t the end of the world.”

Fleetwood Town boss Joey Barton.Fleetwood Town boss Joey Barton.
Fleetwood Town boss Joey Barton.