Barker unsure over regular central role for Wes

Wes Fogden is denied at Chesterfield. Picture: Joe Pepler
Wes Fogden is denied at Chesterfield. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Richie Barker has hailed the ‘contagious’ impact of Wes Fogden on his Pompey team-mates.

But he remains unsure whether the former Bournemouth man is a regular option for the centre of his midfield.

Fogden was presented with his seventh Blues start when he was named against Chesterfield on Monday night.

Except on that occasion he was asked to play an unfamiliar central role, partnering Romain Padovani with Toumani Diagouraga sitting behind them.

The 25-year-old’s response was to produce a man-of-the-match display in the televised goalless draw.

It was an energetic and tireless showing which won plenty of plaudits – including his manager.

But Barker has qualms over keeping him in that position on regular basis.

He said: ‘Wes’ work-rate is so contagious, it spreads throughout the place.

‘He was fantastic against Chesterfield.

‘I played him in a place where I knew he would break forward. He’s an intelligent footballer in that if you ask him to do a job you know he is going to do it and he did.

‘Would I play him there again? Possibly, but I am not sure it would happen every week but we know he can do it so he’s an option.

‘I thought he was excellent, though, and if he mis-hits his shot in the second half it probably rolls into the bottom corner but often that happens.

‘It was an excellent ball from Nicky (Shorey) and Wes took it extremely well for somebody who doesn’t score too many goals.’

Pompey are now 15th in League Two following that Proact Stadium point against the leaders.

It also represented contrasting fortunes to their previous away fixture – the 5-1 hammering at Scunthorpe.

Barker added: ‘You could see the difference on the pitch to our last match away from Fratton Park.

‘This result was down to hard work, a different game plan, a realisation that we needed to improve and maybe the penny dropped after that Scunthorpe game.’