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Portsmouth manager Richie Barker defends Pompey goalkeeper Trevor Carson

25 January 2014

Portsmouth boss Richie Barker defended goalkeeper Trevor Carson after his error denied Portsmouth a third away win of the season as they drew 2-2 with Morecambe.

It was a mixed afternoon for the Irish keeper who was Pompey's hero in the first half when he saved Padraig Amond's 39th minute penalty before allowing a late Jack Redshaw shot to slip through his grasp to earn the home side a third successive draw.

"It was definitely an afternoon of contrast for Trevor," Barker admitted.

"He made a great penalty save in the first half which changed the game in our favour and then he made the mistake for their second goal which gave them a goal that I couldn't see coming. If he had to make that save 100 times I bet he would do it but it was just one of those things and we have to move on.'

"It was disappointing not to get the full three points because they didn't put us under that much pressure but when you score two away from home you like to think that you will get three points but there are a lot of positives that we can take from the game.

"Jake Jervis scored two and looked sharp and we played some decent stuff in terrible conditions."

The afternoon started well for Portsmouth after Jake Jervis gave them the lead on from six yards after 10 minutes.

Morecambe hit back and levelled in the 21st minute when skipper Mark Hughes met a cross from home debutant Jamie Devitt to head into the top corner.

And after Carson's spot-kick save Marcos Painter's cross teed up Jervis to score again from close range.

Fleming and Robbie Threlfall went close for the home side in the second half before Redshaw beat Carson to earn his side a share of the spoils.

Morecambe boss Jim Bentley praised his side's determination as they once again came from behind to get a point.

Bentley said: "I'm getting a bit fed up of us going behind to be honest because it seems to be every game.

"But at the same time I have to give the lads credit because they have once again shown their never say die attitude and determination to get something from the game.

"We could have let our heads drop after missing the penalty but we kept going and despite the horrible conditions played some decent football as well.

"We didn't perhaps create as many chances as I would have liked in the second half when we had the wind behind us but we had a bit of luck and I think the draw was a fair result.''

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