FLEETWOOD Town manager Joey Barton refused to make excuses for his side’s 1-0 defeat at Southend United.

The setback was the first Barton had suffered away from home since being named boss in the summer.

But the former Manchester City midfielder – whose preparations were hit by a cancelled plane and a bout of food poisoning – felt Town should have picked up a point.

“We took about 10 hours to get here, our plane was cancelled and we had to dash across and get a train,” Barton told the Blackpool Gazette. 

“Then we’ve had a bout of food poisoning this morning and lots of lads gone down with poor tummies.

“We think it’s from our training ground because a lot of the under-23 players have come down with it too.

“But we still had more than enough about us to come here and get at least a point.

“I’m not going to use any of those as excuses and it is a game that, if we are honest, should have finished 0-0.

“We can definitely be better.

“Ideally preparation would be better and we try and control as much as we can control but, unfortunately, when it comes to bacteria and mother nature, even I can’t control that.”

And Barton was also unhappy Blues defender Michael Turner was not punished for what he felt were two poor aerial challenges on striker Ched Evans.

“I don’t think Michael Turner is that kind of player but he definitely hits Ched with his arm across the face, twice, at least,” said Barton.

“Ched is not the kind of boy to go down.”