Michael Doyle reflected on a ‘brilliant’ Pompey display soured by last-gasp heartbreak.
The Blues were heading for a thoroughly-deserved Brunton Park victory on Saturday before Danny Grainger’s stoppage-time leveller.
Credit to Carlisle for getting a point out of the game, but I think they knew we should have been out of sightMichael Doyle
His stunning right-foot strike from distance thundered in from 25-yards and clinched a 2-2 draw for the hosts.
For skipper Doyle, that denied Pompey the victory their impressive performance deserved.
And it stretches their run to five league matches without a win.
He said: ‘It was as good a performance as I have played in for a long, long time. I thought we were brilliant.
‘But the way things are going for us at the minute we can be 1-0 down and that’s the disappointing thing.
‘A lot of people who watch us a lot will know at the moment the one criticism we have is we don’t create enough chances, but in the first half we had some great opportunities and another day would be two or 3-0 at half-time.
‘For 35 minutes we were dominating, but Carlisle as the home side get one little break and have a penalty and we are 1-0 down, which is disappointing.
‘Great credit to the lads with the spirit and character they showed to come out and put in the performance they did in the second half to then get the lead ourselves.
‘On another day Grainger’s shot goes out of the stadium but fair play to the lad, I saw it coming all the way and there’s nothing you can do about a goal like that.
‘You could see the way they were celebrating what it meant to them, they were absolutely chuffed and rightly so.
‘Credit to Carlisle for getting a point out of the game, but I think they knew we should have been out of sight.’
The fixture marked a maiden Pompey goal for Marc McNulty, who was involved in an eventful 10 minutes after coming off the bench.
His involvement was ended following a collision while defending a corner, with fellow loanee Caolan Lavery also on the scoresheet.
Doyle added: ‘Marc has had to go off and he looked superb up to that point.
‘He is the type of player who goes on and gets a couple of goals. How important was that header when he received the knock, how brave is he putting his body on the line at both ends.
‘The likes of him and Lavs are going to score a lot of goals in this league, there’s no doubt about it.
‘You can see the quality they have and they will get their confidence going and be better for Saturday.’
– NEIL ALLEN