Barker pleased with response despite defeat

Wes Fogden in action at Highbury Stadium today Picture: Joe Pepler
Wes Fogden in action at Highbury Stadium today Picture: Joe Pepler
Stefan Payne, centre, netted Shrewsbury's winner at Scunthorpe. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Richie Barker was disappointed Pompey’s second-half display couldn’t rescue a point for his side at Fleetwood.

The Blues were 3-0 down after 56 minutes at Highbury Stadium this afternoon as the promotion hopefuls put them to the sword.

Yet the introduction of Jed Wallace from the bench pepped up the visitors, and four minutes after coming on he pulled back a goal with a stunning strike.

Pompey were a different side for the remainder of the match, with Joe Devera’s header producing a superb save from Chris Maxwell, while Jake Jervis and Michael Drennan also had opportunities.

In the end there was no further drama for the Cod Army, but Barker was pleased with his team’s response.

He said: ‘I thought, certainly for the second half, we dominated.

‘Obviously, the first goal is disappointing.

‘The second goal isn’t a penalty for me – there would be 10 a game if all referees did that – and then we were chasing it.

‘I think if we scored the first goal after half-time it would have been a different game.

‘But Jed did superb when he came on and in the end they were trying to slow the game down, bringing on substitutions at key times.

‘With a fairly strong wind we knew if we could pen them in and we could get some strong momentum.

‘I don’t know what the shot count is but I would say we had as many as them in the end.’