Fleetwood Town boss Joey Barton has accused Sunderland of heavily watering their pitch and reverting to “hoof-ball ” in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw.
Barton’s Cod Army looked to be heading for a big three points after Barrie McKay’s goal after just five minutes, but Max Power scored with virtually the last kick of the game, seven minutes into second-half injury time, to earn Phil Parkinson’s men a 1-1 draw.
And afterwards Barton claimed Sunderland over-celebrated their point against “the mighty Fleetwood Town”.
“We’re a miles better team than them in my opinion when it comes to passing the ball, we’ve seen that in the build-up,” Barton told Sky Sports.
“They’d absolutely drenched the pitch all day, because they’re scared of little old Fleetwood Town coming and outplaying them.
“They’ve gone to hoof-ball. Credit to them, Max Power’s gambled and they’ve got the goal.
“So it was very, very interesting as a former Newcastle player to see Sunderland, who were in the Premier League three years ago, celebrate like they’d won the World Cup final, having scored an equaliser in stoppage time against the mighty Fleetwood Town.”