Andy Awford expressed disappointment after ‘throwing the kitchen sink’ at Northampton in Pompey’s defeat at Sixfields Stadium tonight.
Ricky Holmes’ 25th-minute strike against his former club sealed a 1-0 win for the hosts as the Blues suffered their first defeat in eight games.
But Pompey can count themselves unlucky not to have got something from the clash after taking the game to Chris Wilder’s side.
Ryan Taylor, Danny Hollands, Paul Robinson and Josh Passley all had chances in the first half.
Meanwhile, with Awford adopting a 3-4-3 formation for the majority of the second half, the Blues continued to threaten with Robinson, the returning Wes Fogden and Matt Tubbs all attempting to force an equaliser.
The visitors’ hopes of a late leveller were ended when captain Ben Chorley saw red after a second bookable offence in stoppage-time.
And Awford admitted regret that his side’s efforts were not rewarded as the Cobblers held firm to claim all three points on offer.
‘Obviously, I’m disappointed to lose,’ said the boss.
‘We’ve been on a real nice run and, unfortunately, it’s come to an end.
‘We didn’t want it to end as quickly as it did.
‘It was an even game.
‘We were right in the game and we threw the kitchen sink at it in the end and created enough chances, especially in the second half, and I don’t think Paul Jones had a save to make in the second half.
‘We had a right go at them and unfortunately we couldn’t quite get the goal to get us back in the game.’