Appleton: The players just weren’t good enough

New Pompey boss Michael Appleton stood on the Vicarage Road touchline for the entire game
New Pompey boss Michael Appleton stood on the Vicarage Road touchline for the entire game
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Michael Appleton offered an honest appraisal of his Pompey team’s first game under his leadership as he admitted: It just wasn’t good enough.

The new Blues boss saw his team crash to a 2-0 defeat at Watford as an early Michael Kightly strike and a Marvin Sordell volley on the stroke of half-time sent Pompey tumbling to a poor loss.

Appleton said: ‘To concede a goal after 90 seconds was not ideal but we still had time to get back into the game.

‘They just weren’t good enough. A lot of players who have played at a high level didn’t show it.

‘It was a disappointment to lose those goals – a big, big disappointment. I expect them to be better than that.

‘I think we got a bit bullied at times and didn’t show enough quality or composure.

‘But I’m not going to get too despondent. I’ve learnt a lot of lessons from one game.’