Barker: Pompey players lacking confidence

New Pompey manager Richie Barker Picture: Joe Pepler
New Pompey manager Richie Barker Picture: Joe Pepler
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Richie Barker admitted his Pompey side are bereft of confidence after his first game in charge.

Barker saw for himself the lack of belief in his newly-inherited team as they fell to a 2-0 defeat to Newport County today.

That stretched the Blues’ winless run to eight games as they fall to 18th in the League Two table – four points from the relegation zone.

Barker felt his team created chances, but knows the size of the task he faces to get his team going.

He said: ‘There were a lot of things which were evident today.

‘I thought we created chances, and probably enough to win the game.

‘But it’s clear that when a goal goes in the team struggles.

‘We looked nervous early on but got on top after that.

‘Once the first goal went in the lack of confidence became quite clear.’