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‘Legend’, ‘MBE’ – Joey Barton ends Sunderland’s automatic promotion hopes, Newcastle fans react

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‘Legend’, ‘MBE’ – Joey Barton ends Sunderland’s automatic promotion hopes, Newcastle fans react

Joey Barton’s Fleetwood Town beat Sunderland.

Sunderland have missed out on automatic promotion after losing their game in hand against Fleetwood Town.

Former Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton – who is the manager of Fleetwood – ironically put the nail in the coffin for Sunderland’s automatic promotion hopes.

The Black Cats cannot finish in the top two now and must try to win promotion via the play-offs in League One.

Sunderland led at Fleetwood thanks to Lee Cattermole’s goal. But late strikes from Paddy Madden and Ashley Eastham reversed the score.

This would have meant a lot to Barton, whose Fleetwood side are sitting in mid-table, after his time with Newcastle.

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The 36-year-old spent four years at St James’ Park after moving from Manchester City. He racked up 84 appearances in black and white and earned promotion in 2010.

But now, he has played his part in denying Newcastle’s bitter rivals Sunderland their own automatic promotion in 2019.

Jack Ross’ men will now have to navigate their way through the lottery of the League One play-offs to head back to the Championship.

Here are some tweets from Newcastle fans celebrating Barton’s impact last night.

 

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