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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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lassic management. Build them up and then knock them back. Raise expectations and then dampen them. Create a dynamic where by you demand the most from your team, but where the team are given room to manoeuvre unexpected or unwanted results. Classy work by Van Gaal, he really reminds me a lot of me. A smart cookie, make no doubt.

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e will be the England left back for ten years or more, and then you will have to thank MUFC for that. *smiles*

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urely because of that little diva moment he had last night, I don't want him coming to my club. DESTROYED ? Grow up and give something back to the club that helped put you up there on the world stage.

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