Barnsley manager Michael Duff has labelled Joey Barton’s assessment of Wycombe Wanderers as ‘lazy’ ahead of this weekend's fixture.

The Chairboys take on the Tykes at Adams Park in what will be the first managerial meeting between Duff and Matt Bloomfield respectively.

However, the former Cheltenham Town boss has hit out at Barton’s analysis following Bristol Rovers’ 2-0 home defeat to the Chairboys on March 14.

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Strikes from Brandon Hanlan and Chem Campbell gave Wanderers their 18th league win of the season, whilst Rovers suffered their seventh loss at home since July.

After the match, Barton called Wycombe’s football ‘horrendous’ and stated that Hanlan, who played under the ex-Fleetwood boss in 2021, ‘couldn’t hit a cow’s a*se with a banjo’.

But Duff brushed away his comments.

He told the Barnsley Chronicle: “I went to watch them at Bristol Rovers.

“It was a good open game where Wycombe scored a couple of good goals and I am not one for pigeon-holing teams.

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“It’s lazy to say they just boot it so I imagine people have tried to put Wycombe down a lot.

“They will have beaten bigger teams and the easy thing to say is ‘they played long ball and beat us up’.

“But actually they were just better.

“I played with Vokesy (striker Sam Vokes) and you won’t get anyone better in the air.”

On facing Wanderers, a side he has never beaten as manager, he added: “They are not little Wycombe anymore, just look at the players they’ve got.

“They were on our toes for a long time when we were sixth and they’re not going away.

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“Matt knows the club intimately.

“I know him really well from doing our LMA diploma.

"He rang me a few times when he first went in at Colchester for advice.

“He’s a really good guy.

"I would imagine right now he won’t try to change too much.

“Gareth will have influenced him a lot.”