Sheffield United manager Micky Adams felt his side deserved at least a draw at Fratton Park.
Adams, who has yet to taste victory in 13 matches since taking over from Gary Speed in December, felt his side deserved to come away with at least a draw.
The Blades went down 1-0 and Adams has yet to taste victory in his 13 matches at the helm.
When asked if his side could have snatched a draw, Adams responded: ‘Nicked a point? I think that was the least we deserved, but once again it’s a fine line between success and failure. We’ve seen that again.
‘We conceded a goal from a corner and for long periods of the game we had Portsmouth pinned back without it falling for us.
‘It seems to be the story of our season. We conceded another goal from a set piece, which is obviously our Achilles heel.
‘Then we attacked, but it has just not fallen for us in the box.
‘We got into some great areas without really testing their goalkeeper. But we’re not down – we’ll keep going.’
The Blades boss reckons his team have the mentality to escape their current plight and avoid relegation.
And he has been boosted by the spirited showing at Fratton Park.
He believes more of that sort of character will stand them in good stead to beat the drop.
Adams added: ‘The boys have shown enough there. We’ve had great support. They have shown a fantastic strength of character to keep going and not feel sorry for themselves.
‘They’re going to need all that for the rest of the season.
‘The lads are disappointed, of course they are.
‘They’re disappointed because they think, and I think, they deserved something out of the game.
‘But they have to pick themselves up.
‘There is no point feeling sorry for themselves.
‘We have another game on Tuesday against Forest.
‘It’s a big game for us.’