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Barker turns on Portsmouth

Richie Barker accused some of his Portsmouth players of simply waiting for the season to end after they were smashed 5-1 by Scunthorpe.

Last Updated: 22/02/14 at 20:04

Richie Barker: No commitment from players

Richie Barker: No commitment from players

David Syers plundered a hat-trick, while leading marksman Sam Winnall struck with his 17th goal of the season and fellow striker Paddy Madden scored his first for the club since his January move from Yeovil.

Substitute Michael Drennan headed an 84th-minute consolation goal for Portsmouth, who had lost only one of their previous five away games.

"I made a couple of changes at half-time, but to be honest I could have taken more off than just the two," Barker fumed.

"We went through all our preparation work in midweek to prepare them for Scunthorpe and yet we get a performance like this.

"We were outfought and outplayed by a Scunthorpe team who were mentally much stronger than us.

"They were more ruthless than us. They won every tackle and every second ball - and they were still chasing lost causes when they were 5-0 ahead.

"We have some players here who seem to think they are too good for that.

"To go 16 matches without defeat, like Scunthorpe have, you obviously have to be mentally strong and have the right desire.

"They are in a good place at this time. They have better players than us - but that is no excuse for the way we performed.

"We obviously have not got enough of the right people at this club with the desire that is needed.

"We are just papering over the cracks at the moment, waiting for the season to come to an end."

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e have the personnel. The trick is keeping them fit. Carrick and Blind have missed large chunks of the season, while the defence has been one muddled mess of intermittent stooges, all coming and going at various intervals thus far. We may be just short of title winning quality, but we're half way through. An injury crisis to either of the top two could change things. Optimistic, yes, but not unrealistic.

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e almost found a new way to lose, just when I thought it was getting boring Giroud does that. Although Arsenal are deservedly called 'soft' the entire midfield is out injured. Still must admit MU are managing to win despite a similar raft of absentees. Think the Gunners have good players but poorly coached.

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