Barker: We deserved to get lucky

Pompey boss Richie Barker. Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey boss Richie Barker. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Richie Barker reflected on a priceless Pompey win and insisted his side deserved their good fortune.

Ryan Taylor’s penalty in the 50th minute secured the Blues a 1-0 victory at a rain-sodden Adams Park last night.

The success was not without incident or scares for the travelling faithful, with the match-winner the product of a highly-debatable foul by Gary Doherty on Wes Fogden inside the box.

In addition, a Chairboys goal was ruled out in stoppage-time following a foul on Trevor Carson, while in the 62nd minute the ball was somehow cleared off the line during a melee.

Gareth Ainsworth was left wondering how his team did not even collect a point, especially having bossed the fixture in the first half.

But for Barker, finally Pompey had enjoyed some luck in their battle to climb away from the League Two relegation zone.

And the three points capped another hard-working display from his improving side.

He said: ‘I must admit, it looked like it was impossible for that ball along the line not to go in.

‘Yes there was a little bit of luck but that was our first lot in eight weeks!

‘And was that penalty a bit soft? Maybe, maybe, but we’ve not had a load recently and will take any luck that is given to us.

‘And to be fair to Trevor, in stoppage-time it was hard to see because so many people went up for it, but it looked a foul to me.

‘I must admit, even when I saw Ryan (Taylor) step up to take the penalty I was thinking we won’t be counting our chickens.

‘The way our luck has been going I was expecting him to slip over or something!

‘We genuinely haven’t had a lot but you can only give it the hard luck story so long.

‘It does even itself out, maybe we had a little bit last night but we’ve certainly had none before.’

Meanwhile, Barker insisted there was nothing in Jed Wallace being an unused substitute last night.

The in-demand teenager has been coveted by both Peterborough and Wolves and the Blues fans fear he could yet depart before the transfer window closes on Friday at 11pm.

But Barker revealed he believed the hip injury sustained at Morecambe was still troubling him.

He added: ‘Jed had a fitness test and passed it – but I have to say in the warm-up he looked like he was protecting it a little bit.

‘He said he wasn’t but I did have one eye on the fact one knock on that could put him out for another few weeks again.

‘If I didn’t have Ricky (Holmes) on the bench Jed would have gone on as substitute but there was no point putting somebody at risk when we had somebody else who could do an equally good job.

‘There have been no more transfer developments with him and I will be turning my phone off over the next 48 hours!’