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Barker pleased with midfield duo

Portsmouth manager Richie Barker saluted his dynamic midfield duo after the battling goalless draw at Chesterfield.

Last Updated: 04/03/14 at 16:05

Romain Padovani: One half of dynamic midfield duo

Romain Padovani: One half of dynamic midfield duo

Romain Padovani and Wes Fogden put in impressive displays in the centre of the park as lowly Pompey frustrated the leaders.

In fact Portsmouth could have stolen all three points but for a fine save by Spireites keeper Tommy Lee from Fogden.

Barker said: "We sat down and gave them a really specific job to do - and I must say I thought they were fantastic.

"Wes' energy is just so contagious. He covers so much ground, but so does Romain and he was a real goal threat in the first half.

"That was important because Jake Jervis could have become isolated up front on his own.

"But I thought the two advanced midfield lads - and Toumani Diagouraga just behind them as well - were excellent."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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