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Richie Barker planning Portsmouth clear-out

12 March 2014

Portsmouth manager Richie Barker is set for a summer squad clear-out after admitting "I'm not going to get promoted with this group" following his side's 0-0 draw with Burton Albion at Fratton Park.

The Blues were held to their third straight goalless draw with s triker Patrick Agyemang closest to netting when he scuffed a shot against the foot of the Brewers post after wriggling free in the box in the 51st minute.

Barker questioned his team's desire to deliver the goals and admits his players are fighting for their Fratton Park futures as he ponders a major off-season overhaul in a bid to spark a promotion charge next term.

He said: "I'm not going to get promoted with this group. We have 13 players out of contract this summer; all of whom are fighting to earn the right to continue playing at this football club. Every day and every time they go out there is a job interview, if you like.

"I've watched every goal in League Two for the last few weeks and I see people individually creating chances, creating goals and scoring goals. I don't see that here.

"I'm still working out where we're going to go next year in terms of how we're going to get promoted. I'm finding out a lot about players on a daily basis - some good and some bad. I think there is a long way to go and a lot of changes that need to be made."

Pompey's scoring frailties continue to grate with Barker as they have managed just five in their last nine games.

He said: "I don't think there's a lack of chances. I just don't think we've got anybody who has the desire to go and score the goals. People thought goal scoring wasn't an issue when I first came in - it is."

Burton boss Gary Rowett was content to leave Fratton Park with a point, but admits the Brewers had more than enough chances to take three.

He said: "It's a good job for teams in our division that we don't take all the chances we create because if you looked at it, we'd probably be five points clear at the top by now.

"I felt we had by far the best of the first half. I really felt as if we controlled the half.

"We had some good chances early on. We really should have taken them. Billy Kee had two excellent chances and couldn't quite move his feet. Normally you would put your house on him scoring those.

"I felt as though we defended really, really well. One of their shots hit the post and in truth, that was the only way they really hurt us."


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