“We wouldn’t take ANY of their players…they are miles away. We have mortgages at stake’: Joey Barton hits out at Crystal Palace Under-21s and admits his ‘surprise’ after facing them with Bristol Rovers in bizarre rant
- Bristol Rovers beat Crystal Palace U21s in the Papa John’s Trophy on Tuesday
- Joey Barton was far from impressed with what he saw from the opposition
- Rovers boss says they are an example of what is wrong with youth football
- And Barton, 40, brutalized young Eagles players in a bizarre post-game rant
Bristol Rovers manager Joey Barton blasted the level of Premier League 2 football in a bizarre rant after his side’s 2-0 win over Crystal Palace Under-21s on Tuesday,
It was a comfortable victory for Barton’s men in the Papa John’s Trophy, and the former Manchester City midfielder was far from impressed with what he saw from the opposing side’s players.
Despite his comments, Palace’s reserve side are second in the PL 2 Division 1, the highest tier of English U21 sides, and are only behind Manchester City on goal difference after five wins and two draws in seven games, with 14 teams behind them.
Bristol Rovers manager Joey Barton has blasted the level of Premier League 2 football
“I thought they (Crystal Palace) were the problem in the modern game, an academy team miles away from producing people who can play in the league,” he said.
“They’re so far away, let’s be honest, so it sort of makes fun of what this Premier League 2 is.
“You hear me talk all the time about these big clubs hoarding players… We wouldn’t take any of their players, we just wouldn’t, they’re so far away. This is a good opportunity for us to look at this because we like to use the loan market, but I was so surprised to see them.
Barton was far from impressed with what he saw at Crystal Palace’s Under-21 side (above)
“It’s easy for them because their games don’t matter. Their games are irrelevant and nobody cares about them, but we have a real game on Saturday when the mortgages are in play, real football, real men’s football.
“So having a team of kids that come out and leave you with late challenges is weird. The competition aims to develop young players.
Barton’s criticism of difficult tackling came despite his own player, veteran midfielder Glenn Whelan, being shown a red card in the game, and his own history of violent conduct during his playing career.
The Barton’s Rovers team beat the U21 Eagles in the Papa John’s Trophy on Tuesday night
Palace’s U21s were previously unbeaten this season in all competitions and are ahead of their counterparts at Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea.
They also recently beat European giants Paris Saint-Germain U21 7-3 in a recent friendly. Meanwhile, the Eagles U18 side are second in the U18 Premier League South table, behind West Ham.
Bristol Rovers are currently 21st in League One, inside the relegation zone, with just two wins from their first 11 games.