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Barker Targets Successful Week

27 January 2014

Boss pleased with midweek test

Pompey faced a long trek north to play on a heavy pitch at the weekend.

But Richie Barker is pleased that his side have another away match just three days later.

The Blues follow up their 2-2 draw at Morecambe with a visit to Wycombe on Tuesday evening.

And Barker is hoping it will be a successful week for Pompey, ending with Torquay’s trip to Fratton Park on Saturday.

The Blues boss said: “Midweek games are not always the worst thing when you’re on a half decent run – you want the games to come thick and fast.

“Admittedly, it’s not easy after a 600-mile round trip and having played on a really difficult pitch.

“But we’re not the only ones who will be doing that and you can do yourself some real good when there are three games in a week.

“Hopefully when we look at the league table on Saturday evening it will appear a little bit different.”

Pompey will be making a first ever competitive trip to Adams Park when they face Gareth Ainsworth’s 19th-placed Wycombe.

Barker said: “Their manager was one of the hardest working players around, so there is no way his team will be any different.

“He’s taken to management extremely well and they’ve got some lads in midfield who are in good form.

“It’s another tough match against a side who are in a similar position to us in the league table.

“Both teams will try to play, but I’m sure we’d also take three points in a not-so-entertaining game.”

David Connolly (Achilles), Danny East (ankle) and Simon Ferry (hamstring) will not recover in time to face the Chairboys.

Jed Wallace is also a doubt after limping off against Morecambe with a hip joint injury.

But recent arrival Ben Chorley is in contention to make his Pompey debut after completing a three-match suspension.

Barker said: “He’s chomping at the bit and is desperate to show us what he can do, so I’ve got a tough decision to make.”

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