Fleetwood boss Joey Barton praised his side for a professional performance against Alfreton Town on Sunday which saw them advance into the second round of the Emirates FA Cup.

The Cod Army defeated National League North side Alfreton Town 4-1 on Sunday, thanks to a brace from Paddy Madden and a goal apiece from Ash Hunter and Ged Garner.

Joey Barton said he believes Ged Garner has a bright future ahead of him at Fleetwood Town after the youngster scored his first goal in a Fleetwood shirt in Sunday’s 4-1 win against Alfreton Town in the FA Cup first round.

Ash Hunter and Paddy Madden gave Fleetwood a two goal lead at the break. Madden then got his brace from the penalty spot firing the ball past a helpless Sam Ramsbottom.

However, Jordan Sinnott pulled one back for the National League North side in the 70th minute to give his side a glimmer of hope. All hopes were dashed in injury time, when youngster Gen Garner managed to make it four.

The goal was the 19 year old academy product’s first competitive goal for the first team, which is a remarkable feat considering this is only third appearance for the League One side.

Barton has been really pleased with the wonder kid’s development revealing, “He has been pushing and doing well. He is really maturing into a player that can have a big future at Fleetwood Town and that has come through really hard work.”

He also gave credit to the fitness staff, saying that they have put in extra effort to ensure that he remains fit and gets into the first team.

Alfreton boss Billy Heath felt let down in the manner his side conceded but was pleased with the second half performance.

On the second round draw on Monday night, Barton said he doesn’t care who he comes up against, “We will play anyone anywhere!”.

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