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Fleetwood Town boss Joey Barton. Photo: PA

Fleetwood Town boss Joey Barton. Photo: PA

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Fleetwood Town boss Joey Barton. Photo: PA

Fleetwood Town boss Joey Barton feels his side are still in the tie in their promotion play-off battle tonight despite a 4-1 defeat in the first leg and the loss to suspension of leading scorer Paddy Madden.

The winners of the Fleetwood-Wycombe Wanderers game will face up to either Portsmouth or Oxford United for a place in the Championship for next season, Fleetwood with it all to do after they went down 4-1 in the home leg, where Madden was sent off, shown a second yellow card for protesting at a penalty decision which went against him.

"We will go there believing and give it everything we have got, Barton said ahead of tonight's second leg away to Wycombe.

"If we come up short, we come up short. We've still finished in the play-offs, we've still finished above Sunderland, Ipswich, and some big, big clubs to get this opportunity. We haven't maximised it, but we are still alive in this and whilst there's a fight, you've got a chance," Barton added, disappointed to see Madden ruled out.

Madden was booked for protesting after a penalty was not given when he was felled in the box. "I think Paddy's shirt was pulled, whether that's enough to put him on the ground or not, I'm not sure. You're always disappointed when players get sent off," Barton said.

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