Barker celebrates overdue win

Andy Barcham made his return to the starting line-up at Wycombe. Picture: Joe Pepler
Andy Barcham made his return to the starting line-up at Wycombe. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Richie Barker toasted a crucial victory in the fight against relegation and admitted: We’ve played better than that recently.

Ryan Taylor’s 50th-minute penalty settled last night’s trip to Wycombe as Pompey collected only their second win in 16 matches.

In the process they had to rely on several superb Trevor Carson saves, a remarkable goal-line clearance and a Chairboys goal ruled out in stoppage-time.

The 1-0 victory was secured, however, to lift the Blues into 18th spot and at the final whistle Barker was relieved at securing an essential triumph.

He said: ‘I think we’ve played better in recent weeks and I’ve said to the players if you keep doing that we will win more games.

‘We certainly played far better than that against Mansfield and arguably played better than that against Morecambe the other day and came away with not so much.

‘Was it a penalty? I must admit from where I was it looked like it was one. I heard their bench saying there weren’t too many appeals but I have seen them given.

‘I also thought there was a foul on Trevor in the last minute and the pleasing thing for me was he came for the first one and then we cleared the box extremely well which meant he could then come for the second one.

‘It looked like a foul to me.’