'Thought of trying 4-4-2? The gift that keeps giving' - Portsmouth fans poke fun at Bristol Rovers boss Joey Barton following latest League One loss to Accrington

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Pompey fans on social media are showing Joey Barton little sympathy as they revel in his Bristol Rovers struggles.

The Gas boss saw his side suffer their third League One defeat in a row and their sixth already this season as they lost 1-0 at home to Accrington on Saturday.

It left Rovers sitting 21st in the table and 13 points behind second-placed Pompey, whom Barton said Rovers would be ahead of ‘within a short period of time’ despite defeat at Fratton Park on August 20. The Blues currently have a game in hand on the Memorial Stadium side.

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The former Newcastle and Manchester City’s midfielder’s claim that day was backed up by his view that Danny Cowley’s now favoured 4-4-2 formation ‘doesn’t take you were you need to get to’.

And because of those and other disparaging remarks, Pompey fans have been taking great delight in seeing Barton & Co struggle to adopt to the third tier following their return.

Indeed, many couldn’t resist the temptation of kicking him when he’s down following their latest blip against Accy.

Here’s a selection of those views as gloating Blues supporters took to Twitter.

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@PompeyDurham: Oh dear @Joey7Barton you thought of trying 4-4-2?

Bristol Rovers manager Joey Barton     Picture: Naomi Baker/Getty ImagesBristol Rovers manager Joey Barton     Picture: Naomi Baker/Getty Images
Bristol Rovers manager Joey Barton Picture: Naomi Baker/Getty Images

@RoyLlowarch: Oi Barton! Good job you're not playing 4-4-2 or you would be in the bottom 5 with 8 points from 10 games!

Sending love from Portsmouth.

@WISEASS999: Dear me, lost again, Joey. 3-5-2 formation. Whatever you do, don't go for 4-4-2. Cos it won't get you to where your going.

@LeeHobs98167385: ‘They play 4-4-2. Sound, sound. But you won’t win anything playing that way, that’s my opinion. That won’t take them where they need to go. We’ll be above then (Pompey) in no time’. Paraphrasing a little but those comments @Joey7Barton have not aged well.

@pompeyshaun1986: When are you going to be above us?

@Aimless_Pacer: the gift that keeps on giving.

@reece_w99: Finishing above Portsmouth?

@philhayman2: Didn’t wanna try 4-4-2 then?

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@PompeyDog: I have it on good authority that 4-4-2 is the way to go!

@Mogerref: I hear 4-4-2 is a good formation.

@Sasha_PFC: Just play 4-4-2 lads.

@joel_creamer: I thought you boys was gunna p*** the league the way Barton was talking.

@davard79: Maybe give 442 a go Joey! The Cowleys were free this week, they could've given you a masterclass.

Incidentally, Danny Cowley was planning to attend Rovers’ game against Accrington, with the Blues’ game against Bolton called off because of the international break.