Football - Barker rues slow start

Portsmouth boss Richie Barker admits a slow start cost his team as their four-match unbeaten run ended with a 1-0 defeat to Torquay.

PA Sport Report

The Gulls remain second from bottom of Sky Bet League Two on goal difference, but closed on their rivals when Billy Bodin converted Joss Labadie's cross after 28 minutes.

The Devon club did not enjoy the best preparation for the game after being forced from their hotel beds in the middle of the night when a water storage unit on their hotel roof burst and flooded rooms.

Hargreaves' men were evacuated and finally sought refuge at another hotel at 5am.

Barker said: "It was pretty much a game of two halves. In the second half I was pleased, but in the first half we wasted 45 minutes. We certainly weren't at the races, which was disappointing.

"It was a disappointing end to a good week. We've turned what could have been an excellent week into a very average week.

"We just didn't do enough and we didn't start the game well enough. We've unravelled a lot of the hard work we've done over the last five days.

"I hope it's not complacency. There is a difference between confidence and complacency. So if there was any complacency, we need to get rid of that pretty quickly."

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