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Barker curses Pompey bad luck

Portsmouth boss Richie Barker believes his side should have put Southend to bed in their 2-1 defeat at Roots Hall.

Despite the final scoreline it was Portsmouth who dominated the majority of the first half.

Bentley had to be at his best to deny Ricky Holmes, Marcus Painter and Jed Wallace before he was finally beaten on the half hour mark when Sonny Bradley side footed home Ashley Harris' right-wing corner.

The Shrimpers equalised on the stroke of half-time when a deflected long range shot from Ryan Leonard flew in to the bottom left-hand corner of the net.

Portsmouth almost regained the lead in the second half when Wallace struck the crossbar with an excellent effort from 25 yards.

Joe Devera also fired over from close range before Leonard popped up again to score a dramatic winner two minutes into stoppage time.

The midfielder raced on to a pass from Barry Corr and lashed a low, 25-yard shot in to the bottom left-hand corner of the net.

"When your luck is out your luck is out and we saw that here because we should've been out of sight by half time," said Barker.

"Going forward it's the best we've played since I've been at the club in terms of creating chances.

"Their goalkeeper has had to make four or five very good saves whereas our goalkeeper hasn't but Southend took the chances that their came their way and that was the difference in the end.

"We're struggling for numbers at the moment though and that's something which we must address during the January transfer window.

"We had five or six teenagers in our squad at that tells you where we are the moment."