Pompey boss laments lack of cutting edge

Jed Wallace and his Pompey team-mates could not find a way past Cheltenham  Picture: Joe Pepler

Jed Wallace and his Pompey team-mates could not find a way past Cheltenham Picture: Joe Pepler

Catlin: No deadline for Cook’s Pompey decision

74
Have your say

Richie Barker voiced his frustration after Pompey were held to a 0-0 draw with Cheltenham at Fratton Park.

The Blues boss, who was pleased with his side’s display with a similar scoreline at Chesterfield on Monday night, was left to lament Pompey’s lack of cutting edge as they failed to claim a victory that would have lifted them into mid-table in League Two.

Instead, they are still looking over their shoulders at the relegation battle with several rivals picking up unexpected wins.

Barker said: ‘It’s a feeling of frustration.

‘In the first half. we weren’t at the races but in the second half, we should have won the game.

‘I couldn’t see us conceding a goal in the second half or losing the game.

‘So I’m frustrated with that result.

‘I thought we were fairly wasteful in the final third but I thought we created enough opportunities to win the game.

‘A couple of times we got into areas and made the wrong decisions but to be fair to Cheltenham, I thought they defended extremely well.

‘At times were were wasteful and didn’t put enough pressure on them to defend.

‘But the longer the game went on, the more you felt they would settle for the point, which made it tougher for us to break down.

‘I still thought if we had taken a little bit more care, we would have won the game.

‘And if that late scramble had gone in, everyone would have gone home happy.’

Back to the top of the page