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.’