Appleton: It could have been so much more

114507_LEICESTER_PORTSMOUTH_31/12/11''Greg Halford puts his shot on the post. '''NPower Football League match, Leicester V Portsmouth at King Power Stadium, Leicester.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (114507-387)
114507_LEICESTER_PORTSMOUTH_31/12/11''Greg Halford puts his shot on the post. '''NPower Football League match, Leicester V Portsmouth at King Power Stadium, Leicester.''Picture: Allan Hutchings (114507-387)
Brett Pitman celebrates his winner against Blackpool. Picture: Joe Pepler

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Michael Appleton praised his Pompey side after their 1-1 draw at Leicester but admitted: Three points should have been ours.

The Blues put in an encouraging display at the King Power Stadium, with Marko Futacs handing them a 20th-minute lead on his first start for the club.

Former Pompey striker David Nugent bagged the Foxes’ leveller four minutes later when he was allowed room to head home.

But it was the visitors who looked the more likely to come away with a win as Greg Halford hit the post, while Joel Ward and Dave Kitson both went close.

Appleton hailed Pompey for their performance, even if he felt his men were worthy of more.

The Blues manager said: ‘After a performance like that – especially after last week and after the second-half performance – I think we’ll feel a little bit disappointed we haven’t got all three points.

‘But it’s one of those games where you take the point and keep racking them up.

‘I thought we played well and we created quite a few chances.

‘Apart from the goal we conceded, we defended well and we looked very hard to beat.

‘It was quite a positive performance – especially in the second half.

‘We’ve worked really, really hard in training and hopefully we’re getting a bit of reward for that work.’