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16 February 2017

Richardson hoping for more joy at Barnet

It has been a fruitful week down at Fratton Park.

And Leam Richardson hopes the Blues can cap it off in style by picking up all three points at Barnet on Saturday.

They have already secured successive 2-0 home victories against Accrington and Blackpool to climb up to fifth in the League Two standings.

Richardson wants to make it a trio of triumphs against the Bees this weekend, but is not getting carried away.

Pompey’s assistant manager said: “It’s a case of so far, so good, but we’re just going to keep our heads down and look forward to the game at Barnet.

“We’re obviously very pleased with the results from the two matches and the clean sheets are just the icing on the cake.

“We also played very well at Wycombe before then and were unlucky to come away with nothing.

“But, particularly at this stage of the season, it’s a results business that we’re in and it’s pleasing that we’ve got positive ones in the past few days.”

Barnet are only three points adrift of the play-off pack and beat Morecambe during the week to end a five-match winless run.

Richardson said: “They’re a very good team and I’ve seen them a couple of times recently. I was impressed with what I saw.

“Kevin Nugent has just gone in as manager and he’s someone who’s widely respected in the game.

“Barnet have got plenty of physicality around the pitch, but they also have good footballers. I’m expecting a good match all round.

“But as well as respecting their strengths, we have to isolate their weaknesses. That’s what we’ll try to do.”

Richardson is hopeful that Gareth Evans will be available after going off against Blackpool with a shoulder injury.

He said: “Gaz is a durable guy. He seems to get a knock in every game at the moment, but I’ll be shocked if he doesn’t make Saturday because that’s the kind of guy he is.”

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