Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth could have the easiest team talk of his managerial career when Wanderers travel to Bristol Rovers on Saturday, January 21.

He just needs to remind his players of the comments made by Rovers manager Joey Barton following their 2-1 defeat in the reverse fixture at Adams Park on Boxing Day.

Here are some of Barton’s quotes after the game: ‘Any (Wycombe fans) turning up to watch you’ve probably got a neck brace on, although they are probably well versed in the neck muscles because it is hump-it football.

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‘We’re disappointed we haven’t beaten Wycombe, but as I said to the lads in the dressing room ‘Do they put fear into you?

'Absolutely not. I wouldn’t swap for any of their players.

'I wouldn’t swap for their style of football.’

On a Rovers player being cautioned for taking too long over a free kick: ‘Why would we waste time against a team we’re fitter than and we’re a better footballing team than?’

‘If he (Ainsworth) had a better style of football he would have probably nicked a bigger, better job.

'I don’t know whether it’s the red snakeskin boots or leather jacket, or the amount of time the ball is in the air that has cost him a move.’

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Barton is perfectly entitled to his opinion, but perhaps he should reflect on his own reputation before criticising others.

This is a man whose list of serious misdemeanours on and off the field would fill this column.

However, he has put together a decent team at Rovers.

They are only one point behind Wycombe in the League One table despite having one of the worst defensive records in the division (only the bottom two Burton Albion and Forest Green Rovers have conceded more goals).

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Should Barton’s ‘superior’ style of football result in victory, I am sure Ainsworth will give credit where it is due rather than finding reasons to criticise the opposition.

He knows how to act after a defeat, not all managers do.