Appleton: No complaints

Mark Hudson celebrates Cardiff's winner in front of the distraught Pompey players. Picture: Allan Hutchings (120240-686)
Mark Hudson celebrates Cardiff's winner in front of the distraught Pompey players. Picture: Allan Hutchings (120240-686)
Brett Pitman was on the mark again for Pompey as they earned a draw against Walsall Picture: Joe Pepler

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Pompey could have no complaints over their last-gasp loss at Cardiff.

Michael Appleton reckons dozy defending was a key factor in the 3-2 loss against the high-fliers on Saturday.

Craig Conway’s injury-time winner did the damage for Malky Mackay’s side.

Pompey were caught napping from a quick free-kick – a similar story to the home side’s second from a throw-in.

Appleton said: ‘I’m frustrated and disappointed we switched off from a quick free-kick.

‘We switched off for their goals – it was a quick throw and a quick free-kick.

‘Every point is crucial in our position now. The momentum swung in our favour a little and we were in a good position.

‘But we can have no complaints with the result.

Appleton was loathe to blame his bedraggled squad, though.

He said: ‘I don’t want to make excuses but I’m asking the players to do things now I shouldn’t.

‘We have 13 fit outfield players and it isn’t really going to get any better.’