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BARTON: FANS DESERVE CUP RUN

19 January 2016

Midfielder looking to upset Ipswich

There were almost 2,500 away fans at Portman Road for the Emirates FA Cup third round tie.

They almost saw Pompey cause an upset by knocking Championship side Ipswich out of the competition.

But the hosts grabbed a late equaliser to ensure that the sides will have to do it all over again at Fratton Park tonight.

And Adam Barton is hoping to reward the Blues’ fervent fans by getting the job done at the second attempt.

He said: “To get through to the fourth round of the FA Cup would be massive for the club.

“Our supporters deserve it because they’ve been magnificent – especially in the away game at Ipswich.

“If we could do it for them then that’s great and there’s also the matter of a game against Bournemouth if we win.

“That would be a brilliant test for us, but first we need to concentrate on getting past Ipswich.

“We all know that our priority is winning promotion this season, but this is a game we’re all looking forward to.”

Barton has been used as a makeshift centre-back in recent weeks, but is set to return to midfield against the Tractor Boys.

He said: “I’d never played in defence before this season, although the manager likes ball-playing centre-halves, so that suits me.

“It was good just to get minutes on the pitch and I’m happy I was able to do a decent job for the team.

“I’ve enjoyed playing there, but it will be nice to get higher up the pitch and back in midfield.”

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