Fleetwood Town manager Joey Barton has heaped praised on Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth.

The 37-year-old, who became the Cod Army’s gaffer in June 2018, was talking after the Lancashire side defeated Wycombe 1-0 at Adams Park on Tuesday, becoming only the second team to win there in the league this season.

Barton said: “I’ve got the utmost respect for Gareth Ainsworth as I think he’s a fantastic manager and he’s got a group of players who never say die.

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“They give absolutely give everything for him and at home, they are a very difficult team to beat.

“For us, it’s just another win and I’m disappointed that we didn’t beat them by four or five because that’s how far ahead of them we were.

“But I think Gareth is a first-rate human being and first and foremost – he’s a proper man.

“He’s a good football coach as that’s clear with the job and the success he has achieved at Wycombe.

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“It’s remarkable what he’s done and even though we had a couple of things going on the pitch, me and Gaz will always have respect for each.

“He’s staff are world-class and I wish him all the best and hopefully, we’ll see them at Wembley in May which will be nice.”

The result means Fleetwood go up into ninth, two points off the play-off places, whilst Wycombe drop down to fourth.