Shorey: Onus is on players not manager

Pompey defender Nicky Shorey Picture: Joe Pepler
Pompey defender Nicky Shorey Picture: Joe Pepler
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NICKY SHOREY promised Pompey’s dressing room remains behind manager Richie Barker and declared it’s up to the players to turn it around.

Pressure intensified on Barker last night following a 3-0 defeat at League Two leaders Rochdale.

The loss means the gap between the Blues and the relegation zone is now just two points.

Only a late AFC Wimbledon equaliser at Northampton stopped goals scored being the difference.

Pompey were undone by poor defending, with the home side showing a greater determination to attack the ball in their penalty area.

Shorey insisted it’s down to the players to put their team’s perilous state right, though – and the support for Barker is there.

‘The manager is working hard and we are fully behind him,’ said Shorey.

‘We’re a team, I don’t just mean the players but the coaching staff and everyone involved.

‘We all need to pull our weight but when we’re on the pitch it’s down to the players.

‘We know that and we are fully aware of it.

‘The manager is hard working and conscientious.

‘There isn’t any issue with him not working hard enough.

‘He wants to do well and the lads to do well.

‘We need to go out and do better – all of us.’

Shorey believes the club’s board need to show faith in their manager now more than ever with seven games left.

He said: ‘So many people think you need quick fixes.

‘That’s not the way it works. Sometimes you need time to get things across and have the right way of playing.

‘Hopefully we can do it quickly, though, and get those results – because that is what we need to do.’